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Prosecutor satisfied with Sowder's sentence

The Jennings County Prosecutor is satisfied with the recent sentencing of a man charged with killing a resident there.

In May, a Jennings County Jury convicted 64-year-old James Daryl Sowder of voluntary manslaughter, burglary, criminal recklessness, trespass and carrying a handgun without a license in the June 29, 2012 shooting death of his ex-wife, Candace Sowder. James Sowder went to his ex-wife's home and shot her and her daughter, Regina Johnson. Johnson survived the attack.

On Friday, Jennings Circuit Court Judge Jon Webster sentenced Sowder to 35 years in prison each on the manslaughter and burglary charges. These will be consecutive sentences, meaning Sowder was sentenced to 70 years. The sentences on the remaining charges will be served concurrently, that is as part of Sowder's 70 year sentence. Sowder received credit for time served while awaiting trial. With good behavior, he could be eligible for parole at the age of 98.

Jennings County Prosecutor Alan Marshall said that during the sentencing hearing, Sowder has several prior misdemeanor convictions, including a pair of battery convictions where Candace Sowder was his victim. Marshall added that evidence was brought forth which indicated that Sowder had been violent with another ex-wife in the past.

"This case is a poster-child for the tragic consequences that can occur with domestic violence," said Marshall. He noted that his goal was to put Sowder away for the rest of his life. "Because of the Defendant's age, the reality of the situation is that he is receiving a life sentence for these crimes," Marshall added.

Marshall said this case should also serve as a wake-up call to victims of domestic violence. "If you are in a relationship where violence exists, please get out of that relationship. Don't end up like Candace Sowder."

Last Updated: Monday, July 14, 2014 5:50:48 PM

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