Ypsilanti Sex Offender Charged with Murdering Girlfriend in New York

Brian Christopher Lowry, a 32-year-old Ypsilanti man, was arrested on November 24th in connection with the murder of his girlfriend in New York State. According to news reports, Lowry was 16 years old when he pleaded no contest to sexually assaulting an Ypsilanti girl in 1997. The girl was under the age of 13 at the time; Lowry was charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Lowry was put on trial for sexually penetrating a girl under the age of 13. The crime allegedly took place at an abandoned gravel pit pond in Ypsilanti Township near Joan Circle. Now, Lowry has been charged with second-degree murder in the slaying of Heather Rylowicz of Buffalo, NY. News sources do not reveal how Rylowicz was killed, only that she was found dead in her Lincoln Avenue home. Neighbors alerted police after becoming suspicious that Rylowicz’s mail was accumulating on her porch, her dog had been left alone and her vehicle missing.

Upon responding, police found the victim’s lifeless body, but could not determine how long she had been dead. After neighbors claimed that Lowry had lived with Rylowicz, police did not point at him as a suspect but did announce publicly that they wanted to talk with Lowry.

North Tonawanda Police Chief Randy Szukala said that police had “enough to charge him with second-degree murder,” although details surrounding Lowry’s implication in the death were being withheld at the time.

Lowry was incarcerated until the summer of 1997 in the Washtenaw County Juvenile Detention center; at that time, the first-degree criminal sexual conduct charge was dismissed when he pleaded no contest to second-degree CSC, a lesser charge. He was then placed in a residential treatment center for juveniles, where he remained until 2000. At that time, he was released to a halfway house for juveniles, the Academy Hall in Kalamazoo. He disappeared after four months at the halfway house and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest. He then pleaded guilty to violating probation one month later. Eventually, Lowry was released from custody after spending approximately 4 months at the Dawn Farm alcohol and drug treatment facility.

Lowry failed to register as a sex offender in 2005 according to a second court case, and was found to have a current address in New York located near where the murder victim was found.

It’s evident what those convicted of criminal sexual conduct go through, and being required to register as a sex offender is to some the worst penalty of all. Michigan sex crime attorneys understand the negative impact to individuals’ lives, and the stigma that surrounds them forever.


If you have been charged with any sex-related offense, consult with a talented Michigan sex crimes lawyer who will work to protect your freedom and reputation.