CNN and Fox news are reporting that William “Ben” Ownby and another missing boy Shawn Hornbeck have been found. William recently went missing but Shawn Hornbeck went missing in October 2002.
He was last seen when he left his home on a 21-inch green mountain bike. Shawn was on his way to a friend’s house but he never arrived. He was wearing an orange Houston Astros t-shirt, blue jeans and Nike brand shoes.
Michael J Devlin , 41, was arrested and charged with the kidnapping.
Update: Articles are starting to surface on the Internet that Michael J. Devlin was a “good guy” or possibly not a “monster”. Before you jump to conclusions, please remember both boys were allegedly kidnapped by him and any long term damage they may suffer is not known at this time.
“I think it’s a real mistake to judge this child. Whatever he did to this point to stay alive is to his credit,” said Terri Weaver, an associate psychology professor at Saint Louis University.Weaver, an expert on post traumatic stress disorder, said children in such situations kick into survival mode, “doing what needs to be done to keep yourself going day-to-day.”
Nancy Grace, Oprah Winfrey, Larry King and others are said to be seeking interviews with the family of Shawn Hornbeck. He is newsworthy now, a certain ratings booster!
Where were they while he was missing? Search Oprah’s site and you will find plenty of references to Shawn Wayan but you won’t have any success finding Shawn Hornbeck (at least until the authorities did). Tomorrow, January 18th, she is airing an Oprah exlusive!
Update: Jan. 18, Michael J. Devlin pleaded not guilty and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing the morning of March 15th. If found guilty he faces up to life in prison. In a Fox News conference the prosecution stated Devlin confessed to kidnapping Ben Ownby. The prosecution plans to present the case to a grand jury in February.
St. Louis County prosecutors charged Michael Devlin with 71 additional counts, including kidnapping and forcible sodomy.
Each charge is a felony and punishable by up to life in prison.
UNION, Mo. — A former pizza parlor manager was sentenced to life in prison Monday for kidnapping one of two boys authorities said he held captive and sexually abused in his apartment.
Michael Devlin, 41, pleaded guilty to one charge of child kidnapping and one charge of armed-criminal action in the January abduction of 13-year-old William “Ben” Ownby as the boy walked home alone from his school bus stop.
POTOSI, Mo. Michael Devlin pleaded guilty today to kidnapping, sexually assaulting and attempting to murder young Shawn Hornbeck in 2002.
Devlin pleaded guilty to six counts, accepting the maximum sentence of three life terms in prison plus 60 years.