Man in notorious Missouri child kidnapping case stabbed

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 | 7:21 a.m. CDT; updated 9:53 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, May 11, 2011

CAMERON — Prison officials say the man who kidnapped two Missouri boys and kept one of them captive for four years was stabbed by another inmate.

Michael Devlin suffered superficial wounds when he was attacked while eating breakfast April 9 at Crossroads Correctional Center in Cameron. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Devlin was briefly at a hospital and is back at the prison.

He is serving 74 life sentences for kidnapping and assaulting the two boys, Shawn Hornbeck and Ben Ownby. The boys were found at Devlin's apartment in Kirkwood in January 2007, four years after Hornbeck was kidnapped.

An inmate, Troy L. Fenton, told the Post-Dispatch he stabbed Devlin out of anger for his crimes. He sent the paper a copy of the prison department's incident report.


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