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Man convicted in 1967 Ohio schoolgirl slaying

October 29, 2011 • National News


Lucas County Sheriff deputies escort Robert Bowman out of the courtroom after his sentencing, Friday, Oct. 28, 2011 in Toledo, Ohio. Bowman accused of snatching an Ohio teenager on her way home from school in 1967 and holding her captive for days in his basement before killing her was convicted Friday of murder and sentenced to life in prison. (AP Photo/The Blade, Jetta Fraser) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES; TV OUT; SENTINEL-TRIBUNE OUT; MONROE EVENING NEWS OUT; TOLEDO FREE PRESS OUT

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A man accused of snatching a teenager on her way home from school in 1967 and holding her captive for days in his basement before killing her was convicted Friday of murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Robert Bowman, once a successful businessman, was found guilty of the death of 14-year-old Eileen Adams in his second trial in a case that had stumped investigators for more than four decades even after his ex-wife told police she saw the girl alive and “hanging like Jesus” in their basement.

Bowman, 75, addressed Lucas County Common Pleas Judge Gene Zmuda moments before the judge sentenced him and after hearing the victim’s sister describe how Adams’ death emotionally tore the family apart.

“I recognize the pain and suffering I’ve just heard,” Bowman said. But “I’m not responsible for that. I feel no remorse.”

The teenager was sexually assaulted, tied up and a nail was driven into the back of her head before her body was dumped in southern Login to read more

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