Anthony Sowell sentenced to death for killing 11 women
August 10th, 2011
02:56 PM ET

Anthony Sowell sentenced to death for killing 11 women

An Ohio jury recommended death Wednesday for convicted serial killer Anthony Sowell in the murders of 11 women.

Relatives of the victims gasped and hugged each other as Judge Dick Ambrose announced the first verdict for victim Tonya Carmichael. The courtroom erupted into applause after Sowell, dressed in an orange jumpsuit, left the courtroom.

The final decision rests with Ambrose, who scheduled a hearing Friday to impose the sentence.

Sowell, who frowned as the verdicts were read, was convicted in July of 11 counts of aggravated murder more than 70 other charges, including abusing corpses and kidnapping.

As part of the sentencing hearing, Sowell made a statement on Monday without being under oath or facing cross-examination from prosecutors.

Sowell was visibly agitated and occasionally tearful as he recounted claims of childhood abuse - both physical and sexual.

Sowell said his childhood "was like a war," with his mother and grandmother constantly arguing, yelling and "whopping" the children.

He did not elaborate on the crimes for which he was convicted.

"I don't know what happened, it's not typical of me," Sowell said. "I can't explain it and I know it's not a lot, but it's all I can give."

Sowell's convictions ended a saga that began in October 2009 with the discovery of the first two victims' remains inside Sowell's home. He eventually was accused of killing at least 11 women ranging in age from 25 to 52.

soundoff (124 Responses)
  1. dutspup

    technically this guy could die from natural causes before they get the chance. I think a lot of folks had a rough childhood, I know I did and most of you would not have survived it. I turned out fine (well externally) I am FU in the head but who isnt. I do know right from wrong and thats all you need to guide you through this hell we call life. So his grandmammy whopped him, cry me a river! BZZZZZZZZ, next!

    August 10, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Paul Ronco

    End the death penalty. Racist, ineffective, exorbitantly expensive, irreversible, flawed, and proven to not be effective as a deterrent.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • lled2

      Works well in TX. Get a life.

      August 10, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • american citizen

      When executing a person great care must be taken to not executing an innocent person. It is only a deterrent to the person that is executed because that person will never have an opportunity to do anything again, however; that being said most criminals don't think about the penalties when committing a crime, so jail really isn't a deterrent either. It just gets them out of the public. This isn't dealing with them either. Prison life doesn't teach them to be different does it? I would repeat an old adage," an ounce of prevention is worth more then a pound of cure".

      August 10, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • BoldGeorge

      Who said that the death penalty is used as a deterrent??? I would think it's used to get these people off the planet.

      August 10, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kelly

      You're an idiot. What we need to do is apply it effectively. Trial, appeal, and a bullet in the head. First, it prevents future additional harm, and secondly, it would serve as a deterrent. As to the "racist" claim, spare me your p.c. b.s. Don't go around murdering people and you won't have any issues.

      August 10, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • pvwm1972

      Your right it is not as effective as it should be because its not publicised enough. Televise it, make it a public excecution. None of this weak as lethal injection crap, make it as gruesome as the crime he committed on those women and let everyone know about it. that might send a little more of a shock wave to the masses, and how about 1 apeal that must be completed within 1 year of the original trial, none of this taking years upon years of appeals at the taxpayers expense

      August 10, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dan

    He was not sentenced to death; a jury only recommended he be sentenced to death. The judge may still sentence him to life without parole.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul Ronco

      The judge will impose death. After all, he has a career to guard.

      August 10, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kelly

      There are no mitigating factors serious enough to warrant the light sentence of life without parole. I'd say he's a poster child for exactly what the death penalty is for.

      Anyone who believes otherwise needs to have their capacity for rational, logical thought, examined.

      August 10, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. RB

    I realize that abuse in childhood can result in all kinds of terrible psychosocial results. But why can't these guys stop and get help BEFORE taking it out on countless women, children, and men, dammit!

    August 10, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • jack johnson

      If this was the csae why didn't he fell enough remorse to commit suicide after the first murder? The reason is simple he enjoyed. Run all his apeals together, and pray the governor dosen't change it to life.

      August 10, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. SaintM

    To: Two wrongs don't make a right:

    Actually, he is guilty of 11 wrongs. What–no one in the 20th or 21st century ever heard of counselilng to come to terms with their demons? He didn't, and chose to kill instead. People like you make me mad–you rant about how no one has the right to make that decision without considering that he actually made 11 of those exact decisions. The death penalty will only expedite his journey to his maker–who might just want to personally kick his ass.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. @Paul Ronco

    Maybe, but sooooo satisfying to the families of the 11 WOMEN HE KILLED!!!!

    August 10, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Adyr

    I am against the death penalty but Killing 11 people is .... Well, there's no word to explain it.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. JOE

    And Casey Anthony? Well, kudos to Ohio jurors.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy

    Good grief Steve! You must be a fan of Sarah Palin or Michelle Bachmann. You are obviously a Tea Partier with such profanity. There is no rehabilitation for this monster. Just like the right-wing thugs in Washington,this creep has to go. It's as simple as that.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. @Steve

    I would think human remains scattered around his home and property would preclude your thinking that the prosecutor was trying to set him up. Duh!

    August 10, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Death Penalty Lover

    Euthanize the animal..stuff him in a wall too...piece of trash!!

    August 10, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • sheila

      "stuff him in a wall"? uhm. I don't understand stuffing a cadaver or trash in a wall, what are you talking about?

      August 10, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. AG

    Fry the animal!

    August 10, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. RuffNutt

    Good post banasy,thank you.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy©

    Nice try, Dick the Troll.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Crys

    People are only sorry when they get caught. You had an awful childhood? Cry me a river. Every one has a crappy childhood. It's rare when someone grows up with a happy one and fond memories of family outings. That people think it still is a justifiable excuse for the things they do is unfathomable.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
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