A man accused of murdering a 28-year-old Greenbrier mother in 2011 was sentenced to life in prison Thursday.
Candice Owens died from multiple gunshot wounds to her legs and torso after she was shot by Thomas Dowlen on June 30, 2011 at a home on 12th Avenue East in Springfield.
Authorities said the shooting stemmed from an incident involving Owens’ brother and Dowlen at a tobacco store located on Central Avenue.
According to police, Owens was shot after she and Dowlen exchanged words when he came looking for her brother.
“Justice was served, and I’m appreciative of all the hard work everyone did assisting us, especially D.A. Jason White, and the jury. I feel some satisfaction for the family, though I know Dowlen’s conviction will not bring Candice back it might bring her family some closure but I’m not happy. I’ll be happy when people stop killing each other around here,” Detective Rickie Morris told Smokey Barn News.
Dowlen was taken into police custody for the deadly shooting in September 2011 in Georgia.
*Smokey Barn News contributed to this report.
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