Man Charged with Kidnapping Pleads Guilty

UNION, Mo. (AP) -- A Missouri judge has sentenced Michael Devlin to life in prison after the former pizza parlor manager pleaded guilty today to kidnapping one of two boys he is accused of holding captive in his apartment.

Devlin pleaded guilty to one charge of child kidnapping and one charge of armed-criminal action in the January abduction of Ben Ownby. Devlin was sentenced to 20 years on the armed-criminal action charge.

It is the first in a series of hearings this week in four jurisdictions where Devlin faces more than 80 counts in the kidnappings of Ownby and Shawn Hornbeck.

Devlin has been jailed since January, when police went to his apartment in search of Ownby, who had been kidnapped minutes after he stepped off his school bus.

Rescuers were shocked to find Ownby and Hornbeck, who had disappeared in 2002.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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