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Posted on: June 10, 2022

JOSEPH O'BOYLE WILL SPEND 37-74 YEARS IN PRISON FOR KILLING OF BENSALEM CHIROPRACTOR

Joseph O'Boyle

The man who admitted to killing Dr. James Sowa inside the chiropractor's home office in Bensalem in November 2020 was convicted Friday, June 10, 2022, of 3rd-degree murder and sentenced to 37 to 74 years in state prison.  

Joseph O'Boyle, 23, of Bensalem, entered an open guilty plea two weeks ago to criminal homicide generally, criminal trespassing, and possession of an instrument of crime, leading to a degree-of-guilt hearing this week before President Judge Wallace H. Bateman Jr. 

For three days this week, Deputy District Attorney Megan Hunsicker and Assistant District Attorney Christine Sassane presented evidence, including surveillance footage and testimony from several witnesses, to show O’Boyle intentionally killed Dr. Sowa in his chiropractic home office on Nov. 2, 2020. 

O’Boyle had previously pleaded guilty to assaulting a Bensalem detective investigating the homicide.

Dr. Sowa, 64, was found dead at his home and chiropractic office, located at 3161 Hulmeville Road, on Nov. 2, 2020. Dr. Sowa was found in the kitchen, but blood was found throughout the home and in his personal business office. 

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