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Man gets 25 years for killing girlfriend.

Byline: Jack Moran The Register-Guard

Two days after a jury convicted him of murdering his girlfriend, Cottage Grove resident David Bowen was sentenced Friday to at least 25 years in prison for the fatal shooting.

The daughter of Bowen's victim, Tammy Borda, said she was satisfied with the outcome.

"I'm just glad justice was served for my mom," Markie Borda said after Bowen's sentencing hearing in Lane County Circuit Court. "He's getting his fair punishment."

Bowen, 43, testified at length during his trial, and denied having intentionally killed Borda.

He claimed that the shooting was a legal act of self-defense, and that Borda had pulled a pistol on him before he fired on her in his home on the night of Dec. 2, 2013. Bowen said he had tried to shoot Borda, 55, in the shoulder to make her drop her weapon, but instead accidentally shot her in the head.

The jury didn't buy that story, and deliberated less than three hours Wednesday before returning a guilty verdict. The eight-woman, four-man panel also convicted Bowen of abusing a corpse and evidence tampering.

Bowen was arrested after police served a search warrant at his home and found blood on the kitchen floor. Bowen initially had denied involvement in Borda's disappearance after she was reported missing, but later told investigators that he had shot her in self-defense.

Bowen said he kept Borda's body in his home for 15 days before wrapping it in cardboard. He said he then drove it out of town and dumped it in the woods. Police later recovered the remains near a logging road off Cottage Grove Lorane Highway.

In addition to sentencing Bowen to the mandatory minimum term for murder, Judge Charles Carlson tacked on an additional year to the prison sentence. Bowen will be eligible to apply for parole after he serves roughly 25 years behind bars.

Bowen offered an apology to Borda's friends and family while making a brief, unemotional statement in court.

He also paraphrased a Bible verse, saying "There is no sorrow on Earth that Heaven won't forgive," and then quoted novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky while addressing Markie Borda, the mother of two daughters.

"The soul is healed by being with children," Bowen said.

Clayton Tullos, one of two attorneys representing Bowen, said after the hearing that his client's conviction will be appealed based on "significant and broad constitutional issues that occurred both in the investigation and during trial."

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Title Annotation:Courts; David Bowen, who had claimed self-defense, was convicted Wednesday of murder and abuse of a corpse
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Nov 15, 2014
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