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Ryan Bowman Leaves Beverly Hills Court in November

As previously reported, Ryan Bowman, the Australian businessman who has entered a guilty plea in the dramatic hit and run incident that took the life of Lauren Ann Freeman on the Sunset Strip, was due for sentencing in Beverly Hills Court on Friday.

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It was an emotional hearing filled with nine, tear-filled impact statements from family and friends. A video was played showing photographs of Lauren as a baby through to the last taken of her.  Her father recounted saying goodbye to his daughter at the morgue, where her hands were covered by gloves as they were so damaged, and he kissed her “freezing cold” face one last time.

Bowman also addressed the family and court, and with his voice trembling said he is ashamed and will be “forever haunted” by his actions and Lauren’s death.

He was sentenced to364 days in a pay-to-stay detention center in Seal Beach, but he will be allowed to leave the facility between 8AM and 5PM one day per week for work.   With good behavior, he may be released in just over 6 months.  He was scheduled to have turned himself on Saturday.

After his jail term, he will be on probation for four years and will be allowed to return to Australia during that period.  If he does not violate his probation, the conviction may be reduced to a misdemeanor and could be expunged from his criminal record.

Under the plea agreement, Bowman will also pay the Freeman family an undisclosed sum of money in restitution. However, the family has also filed a civil suit against Bowman, who apparently has substantial assets.   Last year, a business that he co-founded was sold for $8 million.


Deputies on the scene of fatal hit and run accident on the Sunset Strip. (photo: KTLA)

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