Wednesday, September 28, 2016
State Attorney Bill Eddins announced that Judge Kelvin Wells sentenced Haley Nicole Bowden on September 27, 2016 to 40 years in State Prison for Felony Murder, Burglary of an Occupied Dwelling with a Battery, and Grand Theft Auto.
The charges arose when Bowden and her boyfriend, 22 year old Chrispen Pedro Ramirez, both of Mossy Head, were arrested on January 24, 2013 after fleeing from deputies. Bowden, who was 16 at the time, was reported as a runaway juvenile by her family and law enforcement had been actively searching for her when they received information of Bowden and Ramirez staying at a residence on Eagles Way in Mossy Head. Upon the arrival of law enforcement, Bowden and Ramirez fled the scene on foot. K-9 units were deployed and tracked down Bowden and Ramirez. Ramirez threatened them with two knives and exploded homemade fire bombs to resist his arrest while Bowden fled to the woods where she was captured a short time later. Authorities subdued Ramirez and both were transported to the Walton County Department of Corrections.
In the meantime, other deputies were dispatched to Beaver Dam Road in reference to a trespass complaint. The complainant told authorities someone had come onto private property and abandoned a vehicle. It was found partially submerged in water, with the tag missing. Law enforcement was able to identify the owner of the vehicle from the Vehicle Identification Number. Attempts were made to contact the owner of the vehicle, Arthur Gerald Anderson, 77, of Mossy Head. Family members of Anderson told deputies they had not seen him in a few days. A short time later, deputies located the body of Anderson, not far from where the vehicle was located.
Further investigation revealed Bowden and Ramirez murdered Anderson after he confronted them for entering a residence on West Juniper Avenue he was a caretaker of. The couple then attempted to burn the residence, stole Anderson’s vehicle, and dumped it later.
Both Ramirez and Bowden confessed fully to all crimes for which they were charged with.
Ramirez pled guilty on September 16, 2014 to all of his charges to escape the death penalty and was sentenced to Life in Prison.
The investigation and arrest were conducted by the Walton County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant State Attorney Josh Mitchell prosecuted the case.