Steven Powell sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for voyeurism


by KING 5 News

Posted on June 15, 2012 at 7:21 AM

Updated Friday, Jun 15 at 5:28 PM

Steven Powell, the father-in-law of missing Utah woman Susan Powell, was  sentenced Friday to two-and-a-half years in prison for taking pictures of two young neighborhood girls in their bathroom, followed by three years in community custody.

Powell, 62, was convicted in May of 14 counts of voyeurism.

Pierce County prosecutors had asked for an exceptional sentence of 10 years for Powell, saying he has never shown remorse or acknowledged videotaping the girls was wrong.

"I have yet to year you apologize," the mother of the two victims told Powell in court. "I am so angry - angry at the hurt you caused my children."

Powell's attorneys, meanwhile, asked for a one-year sentence, arguing Powell has no prior criminal history, and a 10-year sentence would be treating him like someone with a rape charge. With credit of the time he's already served in jail, Powell would be released by the fall.

Defense attorneys also asked the judge to not punish Steven Powell "for the conduct of his son."

Steven Powell is the father of Josh Powell, the Puyallup man who attacked his sons with an ax before lighting his house on fire in February. Josh Powell was married to Susan Cox Powell, whose disappearance from the couple's West Valley, Utah home in 2009 has mystified authorities.

Josh was considered a person of interest in Susan's disappearance. He had told investigators he took his sons, then 2 and 4, camping in the middle of the night in the Utah desert the night Susan was last seen.

Every aspect of the case has drawn interest in both Washington and Utah.

"What goes around comes around," Jennifer Graves, Steven Powell's daughter, told Salt Lake City's KSL when asked about her father's sentencing. "You want to dish it out and you're going to get it in the end."


Compiled by KING 5's Lindsay Chamberlain, Natasha Ryan, Drew Mikkelsen, KSL