Ohio jury convicts Anthony Sowell in Cleveland-area serial killings
Anthony Sowell , who used an insanity defense, will face the death penalty.
July 22nd, 2011
03:27 PM ET

Ohio jury convicts Anthony Sowell in Cleveland-area serial killings

An Ohio jury on Friday found Anthony Sowell guilty in connection with the aggravated murders, kidnappings and sexual assaults of 11 women in Cleveland between 2007 and 2009.

The jury took less than three days to convict Sowell, who pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to 85 counts, among them, murder, abuse of a corpse, kidnapping and tampering with evidence.

Sowell turned and offered his hands to a sheriff's deputy to be handcuffed as Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Dick Ambrose read the first guilty verdict for the aggravated murder of Tonia Carmichael with a sexual motivation. In the gallery, Carmichael's mother and daughter hugged each other as the verdict was read.

The judge took nearly an hour to read all the verdicts. The jurors found him guilty on 84 counts, with the sole not guilty verdict coming on an aggravated robbery charge.

Investigators discovered the remains of the 11 women - ages 25 to 52 - in Sowell's home beginning in October 2009. Since then, other women have come forward alleging that Sowell attacked them.

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Police believe the women were easy prey for Sowell, a convicted sex offender who served 15 years for the attempted rape of a woman in 1989. Most of the women had struggled with drug addiction at some point and court records showing that many resorted to stealing and prostitution to support their habits.

With the conviction, Sowell faces the death penalty. Prosecutors received a report from an expert working with the defense, claiming Sowell suffers from several mental illnesses, including obsessive compulsiveness and post traumatic stress disorder, according to CNN affiliate WOIO.

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soundoff (68 Responses)
  1. newmac

    Happy the sicko will never be out again.

    July 22, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. lilah

    Thank the Lord this monster was caught and can never hurt another person again. So sorry for his victims and their families.

    July 22, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. kbwizard

    system works Moan Groan. Not work, Moan Groan. Gets life, should be on death row. On death row, should have got life. It's ok to say nothing sometimes. Just a FYI

    July 22, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. D

    Wait...he said he didn't do it though...

    July 22, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. driranek

    Quick! Buy the house before the city demolishes it. Preserve it exactly as Sowell had it and charge tourists $20 to see it. Yea, it might be distasteful but it oughta be a for certain money maker.

    July 22, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. driranek

    Dahmer, Gein, Gacy were all white and this guy is a poser by comparison.

    July 22, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • anonymous

      How is he a poser? Just by numbers maybe.

      July 22, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Fixer2010

    Fry Him!

    July 22, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Katrina

    Sad. Eleven women who led transient, shadowy, drug-addicted lives are preyed on by an insane man. But the commentators here think this is a good time to snipe at each other about "politics." Where is the compassion for these victims and the people who loved them? Their families must be devastated, and no matter what the sentence–life in prison or the death penalty– they will suffer the rest of their lives. Our sniping back and forth is not going to help them heal, and does nothing to address all of the factors that allowed him to get away with murdering poor, marginalized women for so long.

    July 22, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Knows who the real killer is!

    Casey Anthony did it, while researching chlorophorm, while wearing THE GLOVES, with a gun she forgot in the restaurant. (OJ, Robert Blake, & Casey Anthony all rolled into 1)!

    July 22, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Elizabeth

    Did anyone ever find out what happened to his aunt (think she was his aunt) who actually owned the house and just sort of disappeared?

    July 22, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • C

      Nursing Home I think

      July 22, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. CF

    Do you know what they should do with this guy? Send him to Detroit.

    July 22, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. KevininCanada

    Good God!

    July 22, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. KevininCanada

    Were these women street walkers?

    July 22, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • V. P.

      Why do you ask? Should that make a diffierence? Whatever they were, they were all human beings?

      July 22, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bea

      V.P. is right. Why should it matter? Are you going to say that they "deserved" it because they were street walkers? Or that their deaths are less horrible than the death of someone who wasn't one?

      The death of a person is equally horrible regardless of their social situation or age. You should be just as horrified that someone killed these women as you probably were when you heard that Caylee Anthony was killed.

      July 22, 2011 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. b. Slider

    Good, now lets turn him over to ABDULLAH TEH BUTCHER and let the true punishment begin!!!

    July 22, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  15. V. P.

    I hope that they relieve him of his "suffering" and put his behind to death. In cases like this the electric chair should be used, not lethal injection that's too nice for this creep.

    July 22, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
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