Joseph O’Boyle will spend 37-74 years in jail for killing of Bensalem chiropractor


The person who admitted to killing Dr. James Sowa contained in the chiropractor’s house workplace in Bensalem in November 2020 was convicted Friday, June 10, 2022, of Third-degree homicide and sentenced to 37 to 74 years in state jail. 

Joseph O’Boyle, 23, of Bensalem, entered an open responsible plea two weeks in the past to felony murder typically, felony trespassing, and possession of an instrument of crime, resulting in a degree-of-guilt listening to this week earlier than President Decide Wallace H. Bateman Jr.

For 3 days this week, Deputy District Legal professional Megan Hunsicker and Assistant District Legal professional Christine Sassane introduced proof, together with surveillance footage and testimony from a number of witnesses, to point out O’Boyle deliberately killed Dr. Sowa in his chiropractic house workplace on Nov. 2, 2020.

O’Boyle had beforehand pleaded responsible to assaulting a Bensalem detective investigating the murder.

Dr. Sowa, 64, was discovered lifeless at his house and chiropractic workplace, situated at 3161 Hulmeville Street, on Nov. 2, 2020. Dr. Sowa was discovered within the kitchen, however blood was discovered all through the house and in his private enterprise workplace. 

The investigation decided that O’Boyle entered the chiropractic workplace with out an appointment and attacked Dr. Sowa by hitting him thrice on the again of the top with a blunt object, with two of these strikes fracturing his cranium.

Whereas Dr. Sowa was incapacitated on the ground, O’Boyle repeatedly struck Dr. Sowa’s jaw space with a blunt object or rammed his jaw space with a blunt object. These blows triggered Dr. Sowa’s dying. 

Dr. Sowa’s information confirmed O’Boyle had been a affected person of his in September 2020. O’Boyle’s relations mentioned O’Boyle was upset concerning the therapy he acquired that day for jaw ache, telling them he needed to sue Dr. Sowa for making his ache worse. 

The killing of Dr. Sowa was investigated by Detectives with the Bucks County District Legal professional’s Workplace and the Bensalem Township Police Division, with the help of the Bucks County Investigating Grand Jury.

Deputy District Legal professional Megan Hunsicker and Assistant District Legal professional Christine Sassane prosecuted the case.  

Media Contact: Manuel Gamiz Jr., 215.348.6298, [email protected]



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