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Bowman sues robbers for $17 million

A licensed marijuana grower who endured a violent home-invasion robbery has filed a civil suit against the men involved in the brutal attack.

James Bowman, who was severely injured by eight men wearing Ninja Turtles masks who stormed his home and loaded a U-Haul with Bowman's crop in December 2016, has filed a lawsuit against the men, all of whom have either been charged or convicted in the crime.

The lawsuit filed in Jackson County Circuit Court seeks $17 million against eight named defendants that Bowman says are culpable in his battery and assault. He intends to argue that he's suffered $7 million in economic damages and $10 million in noneconomic damages.

Bowman, who lived in Wimer at the time of the robbery, has since relocated to Portland, court records show.

Defendants in the suit include convicted co-conspirators Frank William Foremski of Gold Hill and Daniel Dougherty of Jacksonville, who each were sentenced to probation for their roles in the crime, along with three Georgia men sentenced to prison for burglary, and three men who have yet to make court appearances on Measure 11 robbery, burglary and aggravated theft charges.

At Dougherty's sentencing hearing in December, Bowman described post-traumatic stress and physical injuries that have impacted his ability to hold a job.

The lawsuit describes in vivid detail how Bowman was tied up, beaten and tortured in the predawn hours of Dec. 16, 2016. The men, who referred to each other with character names such as “Michaelangelo” or “Donatello,” demanded money Bowman didn’t have, beating him with firewood, a crowbar, their fists, and power tools.

“They burned his naked body with a butane torch until it ran out of fuel,” Bowman’s lawsuit says. “Then, they found a drill and burrowed the drill into his hip until the battery died.”

The attackers reportedly coerced Bowman to disclose where his video surveillance equipment was stored, then dumped the equipment into a bathtub and left Bowman — wet, naked and shivering — tied up with speaker wire in the cold winter air.

None of the eight defendants have formally replied to the lawsuit. Court records show that convicted burglar Charles James Hatchett attempted to reply from prison, but his paperwork was sent back because it was missing a fee waiver application. The court filing includes only Hatchett’s first page.

A sheriff’s deputy was unable to locate Dougherty for a summons in the suit, according to a filing Thursday.

Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @MTCrimeBeat.

James Bowman Mail Tribune / file photo