Man sentenced to prison for promoting prostitution, domestic assault

Citing the impacts he made on his victims, a Gallatin County judge sentenced a man to prison for forcing a woman into prostitution and for domestic assault.

“The impacts he’s had on his victims is lasting and cannot ever be fully repaired by the court. The only assurance the court can provide is he will be held accountable,” District Judge Holly Brown said just before sentencing 40-year-old Bobby Francis Lowry to five years in the Montana State Prison.

The sentence comes after Lowry entered an Alford plea last month to felony counts of promoting prostitution and partner family member assault.

In addition, Brown ordered that Lowry’s sentence in this case run consecutively with his sentence in a felony theft case from earlier this year that was 10 years with the Montana Department of Corrections with five of those years suspended.

The sentence was the recommendation that the prosecution and defense agreed upon as part of a plea deal.

Lowry was arrested in April 2015 after Bozeman police responded to a Seventh Avenue hotel to the report that Lowry had assaulted a woman and her juvenile son.

While interviewing the woman about the assault, officers saw a tattoo on her that said “property of Bobby.”

The woman told investigators that Lowry had forced her into prostitution, most recently at a Three Forks hotel.

The woman said she didn’t want to engage in prostitution, but that Lowry had coerced her into doing it.

Lowry would create ads on Craigslist soliciting the woman’s services, she said, and Lowry would communicate with men who responded, deciding on the amount of money needed in exchange for sex.

The woman said they did this in multiple states, including Maine, Kansas and Arkansas.

The woman said she had sex in Three Forks with approximately eight men at a hotel.

After getting search warrants, detectives found numerous emails sent to Lowry’s email address that inquired about different postings.

At Tuesday’s sentencing hearing, Gallatin County Deputy Attorney Erin Murphy emphasized the impacts to Lowry’s victims when requesting prison time, saying they were “very, very terrified of this defendant.”

 

Noting the woman’s tattoo, Murphy said the case involved an “extreme” pattern of domestic violence and controlling behavior, “much more extreme than we usually see.”

Defense attorney Nick Miller asked Brown to accept the plea agreement, but added that Lowry had a “fundamental disagreement” with the charges.

Miller said the woman continued in prostitution even after Lowry was in custody and remained in contact with Lowry after the charges were filed in this case.

Brown, however, cited Murphy’s arguments, saying the victims were “extremely affected over a long period of time” due to Lowry.

“They address their fears in different ways,” Brown said.

Lowry was given credit for 387 days he’s already served in the case.

 
 
 

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