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June 14, 2013

Lowry sentenced to 15 to life

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Tonawanda News — Lowry appeared despondent during the hour-long proceedings, as he sat handcuffed next to public defender Christopher A. Privateer, often looking at the floor and wearing a blue Niagara County Jail jumper and black shoes. Eventually, he acknowledged the egregious nature of his actions in a brief statement. 

“I just want to say that I’m very sorry for what I did,” he said. “It’s wrong and I accept the punishment.” 

Judge Richard C. Kloch and Assistant District Attorney Holly E. Sloma had no sympathy for Lowry, as they sought to ensure that when he is first eligible for a Parole Board hearing in 2028, his release from the state prison would be denied. 

“If it happened to my daughters I’d be just like you are, madder than hell,” Kloch said to Mr. Rylowicz, before denying requests from Privateer to redact a written statement made by North Tonawanda Police Chief William Hall about the homicide. “You’re daughter was my neighbor. I’m a North Tonawandan to the core,” it said. 

“Do I think 25 years to life is adequate to address the harm?” Kloch added. “No. He should spend the rest of his life in jail. Period.” 

Contact reporter Michael Regan at 693-1000, ext. 4115.

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