Violence against girl, inmates brings almost 20 years in prison

By Joe Beck

A Front Royal man has been sentenced to 19 years and 10 months in prison for offenses involving rape, fights in the jail and probation violations.

The majority of David Allen Bowden’s sentence — 10 years — resulted from a guilty plea he entered earlier this year for aggravated sexual battery.

Authorities say Bowden went for a walk in a wooded area with a 16-year-old girl, now 17, on April 27, 2013. He stopped walking, began kissing her and committed a sex act with her against her wishes, according to court documents and testimony from witnesses.

Bowden was also convicted for unlawful wounding and an assault and battery charge that had originally been filed as unlawful wounding.

The initial unlawful wounding charge stemmed from an incident in the Warren County Jail on Aug. 28, 2013. Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Anna Hammond said Bowden punched and kicked another inmate after hearing that the victim had been sleeping with Bowden’s live-in girlfriend.

Hammond said the assault and battery charge stemmed from a second incident in the jail on July 13 that was after Bowden had been convicted of the aggravated sexual battery and unlawful wounding charges.

Judge Dennis L. Hupp also revoked Bowden’s probation, leaving the defendant with seven years and 10 months to serve in prison on the underlying offenses. Hammond said Bowden has committed three probation violations and has five previous convictions for assault and battery.

Bowden’s sentence also included 20 years probation, the first five of which will be supervised.

Hammond said she was satisfied with the sentence, which was partially linked to a plea agreement reached with Bowden.

“I think when you take all the factors into consideration, I think justice was served,” Hammond said.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com