Owens Sentenced in Lavonia Murder of an Elderly Man

August 27, 2013

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia


Marian Owens, the woman convicted of stabbing and beating an elderly Lavonia man to death in his home two years ago, will spend the rest of her life in prison with no hope of parole.

The 40-year old Owens was sentenced by Franklin County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Malcom Friday morning.

Owens was convicted on August 9 of malice murder, felony murder and two counts of aggravated assault.

Owens’ attorney, Harvey Wasserman, pleaded for a life sentence with the possibility of parole in 30 years, which would make Owens 70 years old at the time of her release.

Wasserman admitted it was a horrific murder, but said his client had admitted to the crime in testimony and had apologized for her actions.

Wasserman said if released at age 70, she would have time to do some good with her life.

But Northern Circuit District Attorney Parks White called the murder the most egregious crime he had ever tried.

White pointed out that the results of a mental evaluation by a state appointed psychologist found that Owens was not delusional as she claimed but had faked mental illness when convenient for her and had lied repeatedly.

Owens has 30 days to request a new trial or appeal her sentence.