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Seymour man faces 70 years for killing ex-wife, wounding her daughter

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James Sowder (Source: Jennings County Jail) James Sowder (Source: Jennings County Jail)
The women were shot at this home in Jennings County. (Source: WAVE 3 News) The women were shot at this home in Jennings County. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Candice Sowder (right) and Regnia Johnson (Source: Family photo) Candice Sowder (right) and Regnia Johnson (Source: Family photo)

JENNINGS COUNTY, IN (WAVE) - A southern Indiana man has been sentenced to 70 years in prison for killing his ex-wife and wounding her daughter.

James Sowder, 64, of Seymour was convicted in May of voluntary manslaughter, burglary and other charges in connection with the 2012 shooting that killed 64-year-old Candice Sowder and seriously injured 42-year-old Regina Johnson at their home near North Vernon.

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According to The Republic newspaper of Columbus, IN, a judge ordered that Sowder serve consecutive 35-year sentences for the manslaughter and burglary convictions. He originally was charged with murder and attempted murder, but a Jennings County jury convicted him of the lesser charges.

Jennings County Prosecutor Alan Marshall said Sowder had several previous misdemeanor convictions, including two counts of battery against his ex-wife.

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