Man sentenced in attack that killed ex-wife

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VERNON, Ind. (AP) — A judge has sentenced a southern Indiana man to 70 years in prison for fatally shooting his ex-wife and wounding her daughter.

A Jennings County jury convicted 64-year-old James Sowder of Seymour in May of voluntary manslaughter, burglary and other charges in connection with the 2012 shooting that killed 64-year-old Candice Sowder and seriously wounded then-42-year-old Regina Johnson at their home near North Vernon.

The Republic of Columbus reports a judge ordered that Sowder serve consecutive 35-year sentences for the manslaughter and burglary convictions. He was originally charged with murder and attempted murder, but jurors convicted him of the lesser charges.

County Prosecutor Alan Marshall says Sowder had several previous misdemeanor convictions, including two counts of battery against his ex-wife. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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