The victim was chosen by Owens and had stayed overnight at his house on Lee Drive, Assistant District Attorney Courtney Veal said Wednesday during sentencing.
“(Owens) preyed on one of the most vulnerable members of our community because he knew he could easily manipulate her,” Veal said. “He is a danger to our community, especially children.”
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.