His Sentence

In Oct. of 2005, Regina Hawkins says she was living with her then boyfriend, Dusty Bowman. She reports the relationship was a violent one. She reports that during the relationship she was beaten, cut with a knife, had her hair pulled out.

What caused to to leave the relationship was an attack in which she says she was punched repeatedly. She hoped that by playing dead he would leave her alone. She has said that Bowman didn’t believe she was dead so he placed a hot skillet on her stomach. After removing the skillet he reportedly poured hot oil on the burn and watched it blister, so that he could see what it would do.

He refused to allow her to go to the hospital, and locked all the doors and windows, telling her not to open them or he would know as he had people watching the house. She said that 5 days later he got mad again, and that time he threatened their child. When he left for work the next day, she found the courage to leave.

After reporting Bowman for the abuse, Hawkins went into hiding because Bowman was still at large and police were looking for him.

One of the things that Hawkins wanted was to show the violence that she endured:

channelcincinnati.com                        wcpo.com (Pictures of some of her injuries in the article)

Dusty Bowman had fled the state but was eventually picked up in Fla. He was taken into custody there and returned to the state for trial. 

He was originally charged with two felony counts of domestic violence for the brutal burning. He has a history of a previous domestic violence conviction.

Today in court, the judge reduced the charges of 2 felony counts of domestic violence to one count of misdemeanor domestic violence. The reason for the reduction was reported to be because there wasn’t enough evidence for the felonies, there were no eye witnesses and because Hawkins didn’t report the abuse for 5 days after it occurred. She says that she couldn’t.

“You just have to take the opportunity and get away when you can,” said Hawkins. “And just hope nothing else happens.”

Bowman’s sentence for the misdemeanor charge? 90 days in jail, with credit for the 72 days he served waiting for trial.

Bowman is facing one more trial. He has also been charged with aggravated meanacing for threatening to blow up Hawkins mother’s house. No word on when that trial is supposed to be.




  1. Peach said,

    September 20, 2006 at 1:59 pm

    What is this judge thinking? Obviously there’s some need for training in domestic issues and the impact and fear placed in victims.

  2. D.P. said,

    September 20, 2006 at 8:24 pm

    That is outrageous. During my years working for a DV agency, we would often see ridiculous sentences handed down by judges who still thought along the lines of “this is a family issue, not a criminal issue”. Yeah, really. Imagine how crappy you feel as a caseworker trying to ease your client through the legal system and how terrifying that whole ordeal is for her, in the best of circumstances. Then imagine some half wit judge letting the abuser off with a slap on the wrist. All your client is thinking is “NOW I’m really dead.”
    It happens. Quite often.

  3. September 20, 2006 at 8:53 pm

    Part of their reasoning was that there were no witnesses. How many crimes that are committed in the home have outside witnesses? Another part of their reasoning was that she waited 5 days to report…..she was being held prisoner and being told that people would tell him if she tried to escapte. And I am sure she was scared. From what she said, it was the threat against their child that made her get the courage to escape. I don’t know how prosecutors view it, but I would say that was a pretty reasonable reason for the delay.

  4. Magnolia said,

    September 21, 2006 at 1:23 am

    Yvette Cade all over again. We cannot let this man be free. He will kill her…then the judge will say he is sorry, BUT….Good God…someone has to protect this woman and child !! I,too, know the fear of reporting and what will happen if you do, it will “freeze you in place” One thing we all know, the next beating is always worse.

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