Criminal Justice

McCowan Gets Six Decades For Bach Murder

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Dustin McCowan returned to court Thursday for sentencing following his Porter County conviction last month on the charge of murder.

The twenty-year-old McCowan was found guilty in February of fatally shooting nineteen-year-old Amanda Bach.  Throughout the three week trial, there were many tense and emotional moments and today was no exception.

Porter County Deputy Prosecutor Cheryl Polaric said videos and photographs posted online helped her learn more about Amanda Bach who died of a single gunshot wound to the neck in September of 2011.  Polaric told the courtroom that while Dustin McCowan’s trial focused on the crime, today’s sentencing was about the victim.  Polaric argued that there were enough aggravating circumstances to warrant the maximum sentence of 65 years, including but not limited to McCowan’s lack of remorse, a previous arrest for which he was on probation at the time of the murder and attempts to conceal evidence related to the case.

McCowan’s defense attorney John Vouga said McCowan demonstrated no remorse because he did not kill Bach.  He also said McCowan’s previous arrest should not be considered because McCowan had not been convicted of any crime.

Superior Court Judge Bill Alexa also said they did not consider McCowan’s previous arrest charges, for this case. However, Judge Alexa did consider McCowan’s history of violence against women and the testimony that McCowan was known for displaying guns at parties. Judge Alexa said these behaviors showed a train of thought which could lead to other crimes and sentenced McCowan to 60 years behind bars.


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