A Darke County man was sentenced to life for aggravated murder in Darke County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday afternoon. Judge Jonathan P. Hein presided, with Darke County Prosecutor R. Kelly Ormsby and Bowman’s attorney Alex Pendl present.
A 12-person jury found Richard M. Bowman, 59, of New Weston, guilty of one count of aggravated murder, an unclassified felony, on Monday, Sept. 27, for allegedly strangling his wife Teresa E. Bowman, 60, to death on April 24, 2020.
Authorities were called to the Bowman’s home, on Disher Road, on the day of the incident, where they found Teresa Bowman dead in a barn on the property. A forensic exam later determined she died from strangulation.
The state alleged that Bowman planned and executed his wife’s murder in order to be with his mistress and collect Bowman’s life insurance policies.
At the sentencing, Bowman maintained his innocence.
“People can say what they want, but I did not kill my wife,” he said. “I never laid a hand on her. I’ve never been violent to women a day in my life. If anything, I’ve protected them.”
Bowman was sentenced to life in prison and a fine of $10,000. He will be eligible for parole in 20 years. Bowman can appeal the verdict within 30 days of his sentencing.
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