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September 26, 2012

Convicted molester appealing life sentence

UNIONTOWN — A 71-year-old southwestern Pennsylvania man is appealing his life sentence for fondling a young girl, saying prosecutors should have given him prior notice of the stiff penalty before he went to trial.

Richard Glenn Bowers, of Mill Run, was sentenced last month in Fayette County for indecent assault. Bowers was acquitted of related charges that he repeatedly raped the girl, who is now 10, from June 2006 to June 2008.

But because Bowers had been convicted of rape in 1985 and the new crime involved a child, Bowers faced a minimum sentence of 25 to 50 years and a maximum of life.

The Herald-Standard of Uniontown reports Bowers' attorney is arguing that his past record isn't bad enough to warrant the life penalty, and that prosecutors should have filed notice that they planned to ask for it.

 

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