LOUISA, VA (WWBT) - A judge drops a heavy sentence on the Louisa woman who admitted to dumping her dead ex-boyfriend's body down a well. But prosecutors say there's still a big question out there: How did the victim die?
It was a lonely walk for Ulisa Chavers. Bound at her wrists and ankles, the 61-year-old woman received five years in prison, for dumping the body of Reginal Bowles in an empty well. The sentence was well above the guidelines calling only for probation, but Bowles family was less than pleased.
"You know, it's disappointing to know what somebody can get away with," said Lee Bowles, Reginal's son.
Bowles was last seen on Christmas, in 2006. For two years, his family wondered where he was. Then in 2009, investigators found his body at the bottom of the Louisa well. His ex-girlfriend, Chavers, later pled guilty to dropping him there.
"It was unconscionable at best and unfathomable at worst," said Louisa Commonwealth's Attorney Tom Garrett.
In court, Chavers apologized to Bowles' family. She blamed the media for what she described as "outrageous" reports. She repeated that she was sorry.
"Her counsel argued that she was here today to take responsibility for her actions. And our counter-argument was she was here to take responsibility for her actions because of the good and professional work done by the Louisa Sheriff's office. She wouldn't have been here otherwise," Garrett said.
Still, nobody seems to know for certain who, or what, killed Reginal Bowles. An autopsy revealed potentially harmful amounts of prescription medicine. But Chavers was never charged in the actual death. And Bowles' family is frustrated that the one big question - still needs an answer.
"He was in a well; he wasn't at the morgue the day it happened. That's the reason, because she was covering up something," Lee Bowles said.
Chavers has already served a year in prison, so -conceivably- she could be out in 2-3 more on good behavior. But the commonwealth's attorney insisted this case is not yet over. Prosecutors need an official cause of death before pursuing further charges.