Kershaw man gets 25 years for criminal sexual charges involving a minor

September 21, 2013 

— 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.

Bertram Rantin

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