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Bowen sentanced to life without parole

Staff writer

Standing before Eighth Judicial District Chief Judge Michael Powers on Dec. 7, Terry Lee Bowen, 65, heard that he will spend the rest of his life in prison for the rape of a 14-year old girl in June of 2010.

The sentence handed down by Powers denies Bowen any chance at parole. The life sentence, for the first count of rape on which he was found guilty, will be served concurrently with sentences of 155 months each for guilty verdicts on the second rape count, the count of criminal sodomy, and the count of kidnapping.

Bowen’s criminal history was a factor in the sentence Powers imposed. Bowen was a registered sex offender prior to being found guilty of the June 2010 charges. He also had a criminal history dating back to 1965.

Also on Wednesday, Powers sentenced two other defendants in the case, 38-year old Lora J. Gay and her 22-year old son Kenneth J. Frederick II.

Charges against the two were the same as those against Bowen, but a charge of criminal threat was added. Neither Gay nor Frederick have a prior criminal record.

Gay will serve consecutive 155-month sentences for the two counts of rape for which she was convicted. She also was sentenced to 155 months each for the counts of sodomy and kidnapping, and six months for the count of criminal threat — all to be served concurrently.

Frederick, 22, was sentenced to 147 months each for the two rape convictions, as well as the sodomy and kidnapping convictions. He was sentenced to five months for the count of criminal threat. Like Gay, he will serve the first two sentences consecutively and the final three concurrently with the first two.

Both Gay and Frederick can receive up to 15 percent of their sentences off for good behavior. Upon release from prison, each will be classified as a sexually violent offender and have to register as such.

Bowen, Gay, and Frederick have the right to appeal within 10 days of the sentencing.

No one was in court to represent the victim or her family.

Last modified Dec. 15, 2011

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