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April 20, 2013

Lowry cops plea deal

Tonawanda News — A Michigan man has pleaded guilty to murdering his girlfriend on Lincoln Avenue in North Tonawanda last year. 

Brian C. Lowry, 32, admitted on Thursday in Niagara Count Court to slitting the throat of Heather Rylowicz, 34, in November then bludgeoning her with a hammer, according to the Niagara County District Attorney’s office. 

Deputy District Attorney Holly E. Sloma said Lowry will be sentenced next month for second-degree murder and nine other counts related to the incident that police believe could have taken place weeks before Rylowicz’s body was found on Nov. 21 inside her home. 

Lowry will spend 15 years to life behind bars when he is sentenced on May 30 in state Supreme Court before Judge Richard Kloch. 

“The judge agreed that if he pleaded guilty to every count in the indictment that he would get 15 years to life on the top count which is the murder count,” Sloma said. “I want to make it clear that was not an offer from the prosecution.” 

However, Sloma said she will press to provide details of the murder through a sentencing memorandum “regarding the brutal nature of the homicide.” 

“It’s our intent to provide that information so it is filed and so that the parole board knows,” she said. “It’s really the last thing we can do.” 

Lowry and Rylowicz only dated for a short time last summer before the murder took place. Police said he then stole her vehicle and credit cards before he was found by Buffalo police several days later. 

Lowry had undergone a psychological evaluation that carried no weight in the short court proceeding, though he has a history of arrests dating back to 1996, when he was convicted in Michigan of criminal sexual conduct with a 13-year-old girl. 

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