Devlin Says He Tried to Kill The Boys He Kidnapped

POTOSI, Mo. (AP) -- Michael Devlin, the former pizzeria manager charged in the kidnapping of two young boys, says he tried to kill one of them, but the boy talked him out of it.

Devlin today pleaded guilty to charges of kidnapping, sexually assaulting and attempting to murder Shawn Hornbeck five years ago. Hornbeck was found earlier this year when authorities tracked down a second boy who'd also been kidnapped by Devlin.

Devlin accepted the maximum sentence of three life terms in prison plus 60 years in a Washington County, Missouri, court today. It follows a similar plea yesterday in another county, where Devlin received a life sentence for kidnapping Ben Ownby.

At this morning's hearing, Devlin admitted his crimes in graphic detail, as Hornbeck's parents listened and wept just a few feet away.

The sentences the 41-year-old has received so far mean he will not be eligible for parole before he turns 100.

Devlin is expected to plead guilty this afternoon to 71 more felony charges in yet another Missouri court.

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


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