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Kidnapper gets 74 life terms in solitary
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14:25, February 01, 2008

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A U.S. criminal who kidnapped two boys will serve out his 74 life sentences in solitary confinement, media reported Friday.

Michael Devlin, 42, pleaded guilty for abducting, sexually assaulting and attempted murduring then 11-year-old Shawn Hornbec in 2002 and kidnapping 13-year-old boy Ben Ownby in January 2007.

The man got multiple life sentences and 170 years in federal prison.

The former pizza shop manager in Missouri, arrested on Jan. 12, 2007, was moved to the maximum-security prison in Cameron, about 50 miles north of Kansas City, and would almost always be alone.

He's confined to his cell almost all the time, Corrections Department spokesman Brian Hauswirth said.

In addition to one magazine and one newspaper, and some sacred readings, he can shower every third day and receive visitors, seeing them through glass.

He has no contact with other inmates.

Loyd Bailie, the 13-year-old boy's uncle and the family's spokesman, argued that Devlin should not be protected from other prisoners.

"He should be in the general population," Bailie said. "Why should he be subject to anything different than other sexual predators? Why should they make stipulations for him?"

The institution spokesman replied that the segregation of him from the general population is partly for his own protection, but also for the good of the institution.

Source: Xinhua

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