Ohio serial killer Anthony Sowell, 51, was sentenced to death on Friday under the orders of a judge in Cuyhoga County after a recommendation of a jury.
Sowell, who was convicted for murdering 11 women and scattering their remains around his house, listened to statements from family members of the victims that he killed for an hour before his sentence was delivered by Judge Dick Ambrose.
“In my opinion you’re going to hell for your actions,” a daughter of murder victim Donnita Carmichael told him. She added, “Anthony, you are an animal and hell awaits your arrival.” Sowell never looked directly at any of the family members that read the statements.
Prior to the sentence, Sowell apologized for his actions earlier last week. “The only thing I want to say is that I’m sorry,” Sowell said. “I know that may not seem like much. And I’m sorry from the bottom of my heart. This is not typical of me. I don’t know what happened. I can’t explain it. But I know it’s not a lot, but that’s all I can give.”
Sowell was given the death penalty for each of the women he murdered, in addition to other charges related to rape and abuse of a corpse. Sowell’s conviction and death sentence, by Ohio law, will be appealed by the Ohio Supreme Court, which could take about 10 years or more.