Devlin gets additional 170 years in prison
St. Louis – Two months after receiving multiple life sentences in state prison for kidnapping and sexually assaulting two Missouri boys, a judge sentenced Michael Devlin to an additional 170 years on federal charges.
U.S. District Judge Jean Hamilton went well beyond the sentencing guideline of 30 years for Devlin, who pleaded guilty in October to six counts. He admitted making pornographic photos and videotapes of one of the victims, Shawn Hornbeck, and taking him across state lines on trips with the intent of sexually assaulting him.
Devlin was sentenced to multiple life terms in October after admitting to crimes in three counties in the abductions of then-11-year-old Shawn in 2002 and 13-year-old Ben Ownby in January.
Four days after Ownby was abducted, both boys were found at Devlin's apartment in the St. Louis suburb of Kirkwood.
At the federal sentencing hearing Friday, Devlin appeared thinner, with a heavier beard than before. He showed no emotion except for an occasional twitch of his shackled hands.