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Cleveland: Anthony Sowell sentenced to death

3:07 PM, Aug 12, 2011   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- A judge in Cleveland has sentenced  Anthony Sowell to death in the murders of 11 women.  Barring an appeal, an execution date of Oct. 29, 2012 has been set for Sowell.

Judge Dick Ambrose also imposed sentences of more than 260 years in prison on the 70 additional counts on which a jury convicted Sowell.

The remains were found in and around his Imperial Avenue home.

Family members made powerful, emotional impact statements to the court prior to the sentencing.  Many said they chose to forgive Sowell for his crimes so that they could move ahead with their own lives.

Sowell kept his eyes closed and never looked at the families.  He also ignored the judge when asked if he wanted to make a statement.

Jurors who recommended death on Wednesday attended Friday's sentencing. 

Sowell was arrested on Halloween 2009, two days after police went to his house on a sexual-assault complaint and began finding bodies.

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