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DuBois man who assaulted woman, child is sentenced to SCI
Monday, December 10, 2012
A DuBois man who pleaded guilty to the assault of a woman and her 3-year-old daughter was ordered to serve a lengthy period of incarceration in the state correctional institution.
Derek M. Bowser, 23, currently incarcerated in the SCI, was ordered by Clearfield County President Judge Fredric J. Ammerman to serve nine months to three years in the Western Diagnostic Classifica-tion Center, Pittsburgh, for the assault of the woman and an additional three months to two years in the Western Diagnostic Classification Center for the assault of the 3-year-old. The sentence is to be served consecutive to a probation violation of six months to two years for the assault of the same victim.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, on July 31, 2012, DuBois City police were advised by the victims' father and grandfather that an assault had occurred. The victims were at a Rumbarger Avenue address when Bowser got upset when the victim's 3-year-old daughter was not in bed at a certain time. She walked out onto the porch to call her dad when she heard her 3-year-old saying something to Bowser. She told her daughter she didn't have to listen to him and he went onto the porch and punched the victim on the left side of her face with a closed fist, breaking her glasses and knocking them off her face. She ran into the house and Bowser forced her toward the bathroom, grabbed her by the throat and threw her against the wall.
He threw the 3-year-old on the ground and grabbed her by the hair. He smacked her across the back and the face. He threatened to kill the victim and went into the kitchen and grabbed a knife. He made the victim and her daughter lay down in the bedroom with him. Bowser then ordered her to call her dad for him to bring him some pills. He threatened to kill them if the police came or if she tried to run or scream. When her father arrived, he told Bowser he wasn't going to leave until he saw his 3-year-old granddaughter. The girl ran to the truck and he threatened to kill her if she didn't get out of the truck. Her father was able to pull away without incident.
She told police that she was held against her will for about two hours. The victim received eight stitches above her eye and the child had a cut on her head, scratches and cuts on the left shoulder/neck area, redness and swelling on the left side of her face, a lump on the side of her head and redness with bruising on her back.
Prior to sentencing, the victim and her father both told the court that they didn't agree with the plea agreement. They wanted him to serve more jail time. She told the court she wanted justice for her daughter, as her daughter was in counseling, she had to have her front teeth removed and that she is "screwed up." She said nine months is not enough. Bowser apologized to the victims and his family and said he had no excuse for what he did.
This is the second assault of the same victim, with Bowser being placed on probation in 2011 for the assault. At that time the victim suffered a broken left cheekbone, bleeding behind her left eye, a broken maxillary cavity along the sinus wall and a contusion on her left hand. As a result of this new assault, his probation was revoked and he is currently in the SCI.
On additional charges of recklessly endangering another person and terroristic threats, he was ordered to serve a concurrent period of incarceration. He was ordered to complete anger management counseling, refrain from the use of controlled substances, have no contact with the victims or family and submit to DNA testing at a cost of $250.
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