Boy Tried To Stop Kidnapping

1 decade 2 years 1 month ago Friday, October 12 2007 Oct 12, 2007 Friday, October 12, 2007 4:09:16 AM CDT October 12, 2007 in News
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KIRKWOOD (AP) - A prosecutor says that Shawn Hornbeck did all he could to stop his captor Michael Devlin from kidnapping another boy. But Washington County Prosecutor John Rupp says Shawn was powerless to fight the man who had systematically abused and psychologically manipulated him for four years. Rupp says Shawn's resistance to Devlin grew so intense that Devlin realized his normal threats of murder or sexual violence wouldn't control the boy. That's why Devlin performed a final act of psychological manipulation by forcing Shawn to sit in Devlin's truck in January when Devlin kidnapped 13-year-old Ben Ownby at gunpoint. Hornbeck's attorney Scott Sherman says Devlin wanted Shawn to feel guilty about Ben's kidnapping so he wouldn't report it. Devlin's attorney Ethan Corlija says Shawn Hornbeck was a hero for resisting his captor.

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