KERSHAW COUNTY, SC — A Kershaw County man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison after being convicted of several counts of criminal sexual conduct and committing a lewd act against a minor.
James W. Owens was found guilty Friday of one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor and two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor. He also was found guilty of two counts of committing lewd acts.
During a week-long trial in Kershaw County, the state presented 16 witnesses and the jury returned a guilty verdict on all five charges after about 3½ hours of deliberation.
Owens was sentenced to 25 years on the first-degree charges, 18 years on both second-degree charges, and 10 years on both counts of committing a lewd act. His sentences will run concurrently.