Shawn Hornbeck

Shawn Hornbeck, 15, watches as his parents, Craig and Pam Akers, talk to the media on Jan. 13, 2007, in Richwoods, Mo.Shawn Hornbeck, 15, watches as his parents, Craig and Pam Akers, talk to the media on Jan. 13, 2007, in Richwoods, Mo. Tom Gannam/Associated PressMichael Devlin was sentenced to life in prison for crimes against two Missouri boys he kidnapped.Michael Devlin was sentenced to life in prison for crimes against two Missouri boys he kidnapped. Franklin County Sheriff/Associated Press

Shawn Hornbeck had last been seen riding his bike in October 2002 near his home in Richwoods, Mo.

He was found four years later, at age 15, in the apartment of Michael Devlin in suburban St. Louis by police executing a routine search warrant.

Devlin, a former pizza parlour manager, was sentenced to life in prison for crimes against Hornbeck and another Missouri boy he kidnapped. Both boys were sexually abused.

The families of the two boys said their rescue was the end of a nightmare.

The boys had disappeared 4½ years and about 65 kilometres apart, but both were last seen in towns within 100 kilometres of St. Louis.