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Hornbeck, Ownby families react to Devlin stabbing

2:50 PM, May 11, 2011   |    comments
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St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - The Missouri Department of Corrections revealed Tuesday that convicted kidnapper Michael Devlin was attacked while in prison last month.

A source close to the Devlin case said he was stabbed with two homemade knives by another inmate, who named one knife "Ben" and the other "Shawn."

Shawn Hornbeck's mother Pam Akers released the following statement to NewsChannel 5:

"Our priority has been focused on being a family again and letting Shawn be a normal young man. He has been able to enjoy his life again, and that is what is important to us. We have worked so long and hard on putting the past in the back of our minds. We do not want to waste any more time or energy on the pedophile convicted in our son's case. We would like everyone to know that we still offer our services through the Shawn Hornbeck Foundation and the Hornbeck Search and Rescue Team. We would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers over the years."

Meanwhile, a spokesman for the family of Ben Ownby says they have no comment on the attack on Devlin, but would say that Ben and his family are recovering very well

According to the DOC, Devlin was stabbed April 9 just before 5:40 a.m. at Crossroads Correctional Center, located in Cameron, Missouri. The weapon was made from the metal letter and number arms of a manual typewriter, according to Franklin County Sheriff Gary Toelke.

Devlin was remanded to prison custody later that day.
Authorities would not say who attacked Devlin or why, but said both inmates involved had been segregated from each other pending the result of an investigation.

Devlin is serving three life sentences for the kidnappings and abuse of Ben Ownby and Shawn Hornbeck.

Sheriff Toelke said child-related crimes often lead to retaliation by other inmates.

When asked if she forgave Devlin, Akers said "No, but I know at some point I will have to. But that is between me and my God."

Click here for more information on Hornbeck Search and Rescue.

Click here for more information on The Shawn Hornbeck Foundation.

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