Cobb Superior Court Judge Reuben Green immediately ruled that Owens is a recidivist under Georgia law, having been convicted of three felonies in the 1980s and 1990s.
He had previously been convicted for burglary, aggravated assault and forgery.
“This child was especially vulnerable,” Green said. “He chose her, he groomed her. He is a danger to our community.”
Owens has been in the Cobb County jail since his arrest in November 2014.