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A Pennsylvania man pleaded guilty to criminal murder and other expenses on Friday for murdering a chiropractor in November 2020. 

Joseph O’Boyle, 23, will be sentenced in the coming months for felony homicide, felony trespassing, and possession of an instrument of criminal offense. He also pleaded responsible to two counts of aggravated assault, as well as recklessly endangering an additional man or woman, resisting arrest and straightforward assault, for punching a detective who was investigating the chiropractor’s murder. 

Dr. James Sowa, 64, was found dead inside of his house and chiropractic business office on Nov. 2 in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, a city about 20 miles northeast of Philadelphia. 

Joseph O’Boyle, 23, pleaded guilty to killing Dr. James Sowa, a chiropractor who experienced taken care of O’Boyle two months right before the murder. 
(Buck’s County District Attorney’s Office environment)

O’Boyle experienced been a affected person of Sowa’s two months previously and blamed the chiropractor for worsening his jaw discomfort, in accordance to his family. 

Surveillance online video captured O’Boyle pulling up to Sowa’s business office on the early morning of the murder without an appointment and expending just one particular minute inside prior to fleeing the scene. 


O’Boyle struck Sowa 3 times on the back again of the head, fracturing his skull, in accordance to investigators. Although Sowa was on the floor, O’Boyle then struck his jaw location with a blunt item many instances. 

Bucks County District Lawyer Matt Weintraub identified as the murder “poetic perverse irony” because O’Boyle attacked Sowa in the exact space of the human body that he was looking for treatment for, in accordance to Fox 29 Philadelphia. 

Dr. James Sowa, 64, was murdered by Joseph O'Boyle in November 2020. 

Dr. James Sowa, 64, was murdered by Joseph O’Boyle in November 2020. 
(Buck’s County District Attorney’s Workplace)

Next the murder, O’Boyle’s father confronted him about Sowa’s loss of life and the 23-yr-old “turned agitated and began rubbing his jaw,” according to the district lawyer. O’Boyle later admitted to his father that he murdered Sowa. 

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Eight times soon after the killing, investigators served a research warrant at O’Boyle’s household, exactly where O’Boyle lunged at a detective and punched him in the head many periods. 

O’Boyle is owing again in court on June 6 for a listening to to determine the degree of murder. A sentencing hearing will be established at a later on day.