Today, 51-year-old Anthony Sowell was sentenced to die by lethal injection by Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge Dick Ambrose after being found guilty of murdering 11 women and dumping their bodies around his property in Cleveland, Ohio.
Sowell, was arrested on Halloween 2009, two days after police went to his house on a sexual-assault complaint and began finding bodies. Sowell went to trial in June and was convicted on July 22 on 82 counts; among them, aggravated murder, kidnapping, corpse abuse and evidence tampering.
Ohio provides those individuals convicted of capital crimes a hearing wherein they may present evidence in mitigation of their crimes to attempt to avoid imposition of the death penalty. Monday, Sowell took the stand at such a hearing to make an unsworn statement in which he apologized, stating, "The only thing I want to say is I'm sorry. I know that might not sound like much, but I truly am sorry from the bottom of my heart."
Apparently the jury did not believe Sowell's remorse, as they recommended imposition of the death penalty, a proposal that was adopted by Judge Ambrose.
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