Appeal scheduled

A state appeals court is scheduled next week to consider the case of a local man given stacked maximum sentences after being convicted of multiple counts of the possession of child pornography.

A state appeals court is scheduled next week to consider the case of a local man given stacked maximum sentences after being convicted of multiple counts of the possession of child pornography.

A jury in the 196th District Court found Robert Ray Owens guilty in February 2019 of three separate counts of possession of child pornography.

The Sixth Court of Appeals in Texarkana is set Wednesday to receive a submission on briefs in Owens’ appeal

The Hunt County grand jury issued three indictments for possession with the intent to promote child pornography against Owens in October 2018.

Hunt County District Attorney Noble D. Walker said the jury found Owens guilty of the lesser included charges, returned with 20-year sentences in each case and the judge ordered the sentences stacked.

Owens, 50, of Greenville had been accused of intentionally or knowingly possessing child pornography on three occasions between June 6 and June 18, 2016.

All of the charges are second-degree felonies, punishable upon conviction by maximum sentences from two to 20 years in prison, with optional fines of up to $10,000 in each case.

Walker said the investigation into the case was conducted by the Greenville Police Department.

One indictment of possession with the intent to promote child pornography had previously been dismissed.

Owens was arrested on Jan. 19, 2018.

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