A caretaker who brutally killed an 86-year-old grandmother had his 40-year sentence reduced to 32 years by appeal judges this week.
Sandor Fowler, 44, on February 22, 2018, pleaded guilty to the murder of Iris Archer after reaching a plea agreement.
The Court of Appeal allowed his appeal against his sentence because the trial judge did not adhere to the terms of the agreement, which he said he accepted.
The agreement called for a starting sentence of 40 years with a deduction of the eight years that Fowler had spent in custody. Although Acting Justice Andrew Forbes gave Fowler credit for the time spent on remand, he initially sentenced him to 48 years in prison.
Fowler broke into Archer’s home in Danottage Estates on April 13, 2008 thinking that she was at church.
When she caught him in her kitchen, Fowler grabbed a knife and stabbed her multiple times.
After the vicious attack, Fowler ransacked the home in a search of money, transferring the victim’s blood throughout the residence.
The day before the murder, Archer had given Fowler a pair of boots. He was wearing the same shoes when he carried out the crime, the court heard.
Forensic evidence showed that Archer’s blood was on Fowler’s pants.
Anishka Pennerman appeared for the DPP at the appeal.