KILLER OF WENATCHEE GIRL GETS 14 YEARS
May 24, 2012
(WENATCHEE, WA) -- A little over 14 years in prison. That’s what a man was sentenced to for murdering a young Wenatchee girl along with other crimes he admitted to.
Mackenzie Cowell. The 17-year old from Orondo near Wenatchee, was found dead February 13 at Crescent Bar, four days after she vanished from downtown Wenatchee. CLICK TO ENLARGE
The killer of Mackenzie Cowell, Christopher Scott Wilson, 31. Police say blood of slain teen was found at apartment he lived in. CLICK TO ENLARGE
Family and friends of the girl might have altered the above headline were they given a choice to perhaps read something like “Gets only 14 years,” for with time off for good behavior Christopher Scott Wilson could be back on the street getting on with his life in about 9.5 years.
Christopher Scott Wilson, 31, was the man arrested and accused of killing a classmate who attended a Wenatchee beauty school with him.
He was sentenced Wednesday to a little more than 14 years in prison under a plea deal.
Wilson had pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the February 2010 death of 17-year old Mackenzie Cowell of Orondo, Washington.
He also pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery, as well as second-degree assault on another woman.
Wilson had been charged with first-degree murder, and jury selection was under way in his trial when the plea deal was made.
Cowell was a high school senior at the time she died.
Her body was found Feb. 13, 2010 along a riverbank at Crescent Bar in Eastern Washington. Her car was found abandoned up Pitcher Canyon Road Feb. 9 in the Squilchuck area.
She was last seen earlier that day on Feb. 9 walking to her car in a city-owned parking lot after she left the Academy of Hair Design in downtown Wenatchee where she was taking classes.
The girl’s death certificate said she’d been strangled, sustained a blunt impact to the head and was also stabbed.
In October police said tests showed that a DNA sample from Wilson matched DNA found on a piece of duct tape recovered from where Cowell's body was found. Cowell's blood was also allegedly found on the piece of duct tape.
Investigators went to the beauty school both Wilson and Cowell attended and asked each student for a DNA sample via a swab inside the mouth.
Wilson was arrested after an interview with detectives at the police station.
Police reportedly began looking at Wilson as a suspect after witnesses described someone matching his description leaving the area where Cowell's car was later found.
In court Wednesday, Cowell's brother had a question for Wilson. He said, "You were man enough to take my sister from me and my family, and I just want you to be man enough to look me in the eyes and tell me why. Are you going to do that?"
Wilson gave no answer nor did he apologize to Cowell’s family or make any
In addition to pleading guilty to manslaughter, Wilson admitted to having stolen Cowell's cell phone and her ring and he also admitted to having assaulted and choked another victim. That woman survived.
She told police she had been in Wilson's apartment when he squeezed her neck until she could not breathe.
She said that assault happened prior to Cowell's death.