According to reports, Michael Devlin will plead guilty next week in the kidnapping, attempted murder and and sexual assault. The case of Michael Devlin, the unassuming former Pizza manager, is an amazing story of hiding in plain sight. The blessing to this plea deal is that neither boy, William “Ben” Ownby nor Shawn Hornbeck will have to relive in a court room what happened to them and Michael Devlin will be taken out of society and away from our children for most likely life. This is probably the best outcome when we consider what is best for Shawn and Ben and their futures.
Washington County prosecutor John Rupp said Michael Devlin will plead guilty to all charges there in the 2002 kidnapping of Shawn Hornbeck and will be sentenced Tuesday.
Devlin was arrested in January after police found Shawn and Ben Ownby at Devlin’s apartment in the St. Louis County town of Kirkwood.
Loyd Bailie, Ben’s uncle, told The Associated Press on Friday that the family had been briefed by prosecutors that Devlin will plead guilty next week in all four jurisdictions where he is charged: three Missouri counties and federal court. He said he did not know whether Devlin would plead guilty to all of the more than 80 felony charges against him, several of which carry life sentences. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
The bizarre case of Michel Devlin started in the case of the kidnapping of Ben Ownby only to later learn that Devlin was also responsible for the earlier kidnapping of Shawn Hornbeck. William Ownsby was kidnapped and an AMBER ALERT was issued for the missing 13 year old boy after a witness saw the boy pushed into a white pickup truck. When the miraculous news occurred that William “Ben” Ownby was found safe and alive, no one could have imagined at the time that Shawn Hornbeck, who had been missing since 2002, would be found as well. Michael Devlin had in fact kidnapped both boys and had been charged by police with kidnapping and numerous other sexual molestation charges. The multiple sodomy charges were too numerous to list. The guilty plea will take this heinous individual off the streets and away from our children for life.
Michael Devlin Will Plead Guilty To All Charges Monday
An unconfirmed body was found at the DeSoto Hilton on Liberty Street in Savannah, GA. This was the last known location of missing Spc. Robert Hornbeck.
Savannah-Chatham police are on the scene investigating after a body was found on the property of the DeSoto Hilton on Liberty Street. The body has not been identified at this point.
That hotel was the last known location of missing Third ID soldier Robert Hornbeck, who disappeared on Easter Sunday. Hornbeck has since reportedly been sighted alive in other places, including Statesboro, however none of those reports have been confirmed.
UPDATE: Body Thought to Be Missing Soldier Found
Simply amazing that Savannah, GA turned out to be a more lethal location for Army Specialist Robert Hornbeck that Iraq. It appears that they have found his body.
SAVANNAH, Ga. – A body believed to be that of a missing Fort Benning soldier was discovered inside a piece of air conditioning equipment Friday at a downtown hotel after guests complained of a foul odor in the lobby.
“Detectives are conducting a comprehensive and thorough investigation to determine the reasons behind this man’s death,” said Lt. Mike Wilkins, a police spokesman. “At this time, investigators do not have any reason to believe this person was the victim of a crime.”
An autopsy was scheduled for Sunday.
Eric Hornbeck, the soldier’s father, was informed of the discovery by police.
(AP via Yahoo News)
UPDATE: MI Missing Soldier UPDATE
A private investigator hired by Robert Hornbeck’s family says they’re all but certain the remains found in a Savannah (Georgia) hotel are his.
Specialist Robert Hornbeck of the US Military Third ID was last seen in downtown Savannah, GA the weekend of April 16, 2006. Hornbeck’s father had made a call to his son and the line went dead. That was the last that anyone has every seen or heard from Robert Hornbeck.
When his father called looking for him, Spc. Robert Hornbeck answered his cell phone and spoke just a few words before the connection went dead: “Dad, I’m on the stairs.”
Since the day that Robert Hornbeck vanished his father Eric Hornbeck has tirelessly searched for his son in all conceivable places.
“He’s got to be around here somewhere, I think within half a mile,” Beth Hornbeck, Robert’s stepmother, told us.
“I’ve looked in alleys, I’ve looked in garbage cans, I’ve looked under bushes,” said Eric.
But still no signs of their son. “We got him through Iraq for the year, but I couldn’t get him through Savannah,” said Eric. “I don’t understand it.”
Spc.Robert Hornbeck just returned from Iraq in January. He only had two weeks of active duty left and was supposed to be getting married in July according to reports. Which has made Robert Hornbeck’s father think the worst possible scenario for his son.
Which has led a father to believe the worst. When asked if he thought his son was still alive, Eric said, “No, I don’t. I think time is against us now.”
Iraq veteran missing in Savannah Soldier vanishes in minutes
Robert Hornbeck, who returned to Fort Benning in January after a year in Iraq only to vanish during a weekend getaway to Savannah.
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