Rowry Sentenced to Prison

Former York police chief, David Rowry, was sentenced Tuesday for the shooting death of Joe Bell.

Rowry received a 15-year prison sentence for manslaughter. A request for probation was denied.

The shooting happened during lunch hour at Church's Chicken in York during an alleged arrest attempt.

Prior to the sentencing, the victim's son asked the judge to sentence Rowry to the fullest extent of the law.

Rowry's attorney asked the judge for some leniency due to his health, particularly since he is a diabetic. This was followed by a statement from Rowry to the judge apologizing for what happened.

"It shouldn't have happened," said Rowry in open court. "My heart goes out to the family. And I'm sorry it happened."

Finally came word from Judge Eddie Hardaway, who then sentenced Rowry to 15 years in prison and denied bond pending appeal.

"I feel that he got the time deserved, because he took away our loved one that we'll never get back," said Elizabeth Bell, the victim's wife.

"His misjudgment resulted in a loss of life and I think that it put the court in a very difficult situation to try and decide what was a fair sentence," said district attorney, Greg Griggers. "So I certainly don't have any issue with the sentence that the judge has given."

Following the sentencing Rowry's attorney and family declined comment as did Rowry.

With the criminal case now coming to an end, an attorney for Elizabeth Bell said the family is moving forward with a civil case against Rowry and the city of York. It's a lawsuit claiming violations of civil rights and wrongful death.

"Nothing will ever make restitution with this family in the loss of Joe Bell, with this senseless killing, and we're just going to ask the court to simply compensate them to the best of its ability," said Mark Hanni, Bell family attorney.

Officials say Rowry will be soon be transported to a state prison.


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