With additional thanks to US District Judge Jean Hamilton, Michael J. Devlin will never, ever see the light of day beyond penitentiary walls for the rest of his life.
In a Federal hearing this morning, Devlin was sentenced to 170 additional years of imprisonment to be served at the conclusion of his current life sentences previously delivered by state courts in October.
And until Fate delivers Devlin’s final breath, we will celebrate the fact that he will never hurt another child.
Michael J. Devlin was sentenced in October to more consecutive life sentences than he could possibly survive from the multitude of charges handed down in Franklin, Washington and St. Louis counties in Missouri for the abductions and tortures of Shawn Hornbeck and Ben Ownby. Devlin pleaded guilty to every single charge.
Today’s sentencing by Judge Hamilton was far in excess of the standard Federal sentencing guideline of 30 years (duly requested by Devlin’s attorneys), and was exceptionally severe punishment for Devlin’s guilty pleas to various still and video pornography charges and for transporting Hornbeck across multiple state boundaries.
Todd Frankel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has a nice recounting of today’s hearing here.
With all cases against Devlin now having reached their conclusions, one can only wonder where Devlin will serve his time. There is even speculation that Devlin may be given a new identity to protect him during his lifetime ahead of incarceration.
Regardless, it is my fervent hope that Devlin lives a long, long, long life…