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Devlin faces 71 new charges, this time in STL County

Kidnapping suspect Michael Devlin
(handout via UPI)
Kidnapping suspect Michael Devlin


Clayton, Mo. – Kidnapping suspect Michael Devlin faces 71 new felony charges.

St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch announced them at a news conference Monday afternoon.

The charges include two kidnapping counts; the remainder allege forcible sodomy. Each is a felony that carries a sentence of up to life in prison.

The 41-year-old former pizzeria manager already faces kidnapping charges in Washington and Franklin counties for the abductions of 15-year-old Shawn Hornbeck and 13-year-old Ben Ownby. Devlin has pleaded not guilty to those charges.

Shawn was kidnapped in 2002 at age 11 from near his home in Richwoods in rural Washington County. Ben was abducted in Beaufort on January 8 in Franklin County.

A white pickup seen speeding away led police to Devlin.

Both boys were found inside Devlin's apartment in the St. Louis County suburb of Kirkwood on January 12.