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NE Tennessee 2-year-old's killer freed after serving more than 26 years

Jeff Bobo, NET News Service • Feb 19, 2014 at 10:09 AM

ROGERSVILLE — Hawkins County police and prosecutors involved in the 1987 murder case of 2-year-old Scotty Trexler didn’t feel the killer’s punishment fit the crime, but the case did ignite a crusade to change sentencing laws.

Although the 1988 Scotty Trexler Law has resulted in child killers since then receiving life sentences, as of Friday the man convicted of killing Scotty Trexler has been free.

On Friday, 48-year-old Kerry Phillip Bowers was released from the West Tennessee State Penitentiary near Memphis, having served more than 26 years of a 36-year sentence.

According to the Tennessee Department of Corrections, Bowers was eligible to earn sentence reduction credits, and over the course of time received a total of 3,391 days of “good time.”

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