Josh Powell’s father sentenced; says son was ‘innocent man’ up until day he died

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TACOMA, Wash. -- Convicted on child pornography charges and sentenced to five years in jail, Steven Powell--the father-in-law of missing West Valley City mom Susan Cox Powell--had one last chance to speak out in court Friday.

"In December 2009, Susan Powell disappeared from Utah," Powell said in court Friday.  "A month later, her husband, my son Josh Powell,  came to Puyallup, Washington with his sons to live with me….Law enforcement agents from FBI, West Valley City, Utah police and Pierce County , Washington Sheriff's Department spent nearly two years investigating Josh Powell and came up with absolutely no evidence against him in his wife's disappearance."

While looking for evidence in Susan’s disappearance, investigators found sexually explicit pictures of two young girls living next door to Steven Powell, leading to his conviction on July 13 of this year.

"Josh Powell lived for his sons," Steven Powell said in court. "He was an innocent man up until the last day of his life."

In 2012,  Josh Powell killed his sons, lit his Washington home on fire and killed himself.

Josh’s sister, Jennifer Graves, reacted to hearing her father’s in-court statements.

"My dad made the statement that Josh Powell lived for his sons: In a twisted sort of sense I agree with him," she said. "He lived to, they were his toys, they were his things."

Graves said she firmly believes Josh killed his wife, Susan, in 2009 and that her father helped in some way.  She called Steven Powell's five-year sentence, handed down Friday, a good thing.

"I think he is connected in some way to Susan's case, but, you know, we'll get him where we can," she said. "I think, you know, this is a good beginning.”

Susan Cox Powell has never been found.  Her disappearance remains unsolved.

8 comments

  • bob

    They came up with a ton of evidence, pal, and they know your other worthless son helped ditch the body. And you are a twisted pervert, which is why your sons were such disgusting deviants. Enjoy prison, you slice of rancid trash.

    • bob

      Prosecutors all around the country said that there was ample evidence to go to trial.

      The authorities in Washington were furious with WVC after he murdered the kids because of the information they were NOT given, which could have saved the kids. The judge who granted him custody was not privy to the info that Utah had or he would never have done it.

      WVC bungled that case horribly. But there is nothing to say the body would have been found if they’d done things differently. She probably went through a car crusher in near Pendleton, Oregon, and was “shredded and melted down” a long time ago. Josh and his bother saw too many gangster movies. (Watch Pulp Fiction, in particular, for a clue to her fate.)

  • Anne

    Give Steven Powell the truth drug and he will confess where Susan Powell’s remains
    are located. It is a pathetic family to give torture to family and friends. There needs to be
    closure to the Susan Powell case. He is another looney-tune that is getting away with lies
    and deceit!

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