Tallahassee, FL - Tuesday morning October 26, 2010 in Leon County Circuit Court, Senior Judge Stewart Parsons sentenced Maurice E. Bowers to 15 years in prison for Armed Robbery. Mr. Bowers had been found guilty after a two day jury trial back on August 23, 2010.
Mr. Bowers was charged for the home invasion robbery of a man and a woman at 1317 Burgess Drive in the early morning hours of December 2, 2009. Mr. Bowers, armed with a handgun and two other men--one armed with a shotgun and the other with duct tape, broke down the back door and stormed the house. The men were dressed in all black and wore ski masks and came upon the man and the women who were unclothed. Mr. Bowers expected to find a large sum of money since he was involved in drug dealing with the male victim.
The male victim was taped with duck tape over his mouth and around his hands and beaten with the butt of a gun. Mr. Bowers and his accomplices stole a total of $800 during the robbery. One of the guns discharged and the male victim broke free and ran out of the house naked and went into hiding. When police responded, the female victim believed the man was kidnapped and police began a manhunt for the male victim and the robbers. The male victim was later located at a hospital getting treatment. Felony drugs were located in the residence.
Police developed information from a car that crashed near the scene of the robbery. Inside the car was information leading back to the robbers including Maurice Bowers. When all three were later captured, police were able to piece together their involvement.
Back in August, Maurice Bowers represented himself during the two day trial with the assistance of an attorney and an investigator. At sentencing today, Judge Parsons noted Mr. Bowers' impressive ability to try his own case, despite the facts against him, including questioning witnesses and making substantial arguments on the law and the facts. As he sentenced Mr. Bowers, Judge Parsons quoted Judge Edward Cowart who sentenced Ted Bundy saying, “you’re a bright young man and you would have made a good lawyer but you went the wrong way.”
Mr. Bowers was also violated on his probation for a felony drug charge--for which he was on probation at the time of the robbery and sentenced to 5 years in prison.
Mr. Bowers was prosecuted by Assistant State Attorney Mike Bauer. As noted above, Mr. Bowers acted as his own attorney and was further assisted by Attorney Jason Winn.