P R E S S R E L E A S E
October 11, 2018
State of Florida v. Henry Sowers
2016-304945 CFDB – 1.) Capital Sexual Battery – Victim Under 12 Years of Age
2.) L&L Molestation
Daytona Beach Shores Office of Public Safety
Date of Offense: 07/25/2013
Sowers Convicted of Capital Sexual Battery – Sentenced to Two Consecutive Life Terms
DAYTONA BEACH – A Volusia County Jury deliberated late into the evening of October 10, 2018, before convicting Henry Sowers, 65, of Capital Sexual Battery, following a two-day trial that ran until 6pm. Following the guilty verdicts, Circuit Judge Kathryn Weston sentenced Sowers to two consecutive life sentences. Sowers does not have the possibility of early release.
On January 1, 2016, Sowers performed oral sex on a child. Following the sex act, Sowers purchased Yu-Gi-Oh cards in an attempt to keep the child from disclosing the sexual battery. However, the child Victim in this case courageously disclosed the battery to law enforcement.
Sowers has two prior convictions for possession of controlled substances but no other criminal history.
Assistant State Attorney Kevin Sullivan, of the State Attorney’s Career Criminal Unit, prosecuted the case. Circuit Judge Kathryn Weston presided over the case and pronounced sentence. The defendant represented himself in the case.
For more information contact:
Spencer S. Hathaway
Managing Assistant State Attorney / Public Information Officer
Office of R.J. Larizza
State Attorney, Seventh Judicial Circuit
251 N. Ridgewood Avenue
(386)239-7710 x 14768