Friday, 30 September 2011 00:00

Jermaine Owens Sentenced for Robbery, Kidnapping and Rape of U of M Students

September 30, 2011 - Shelby County Criminal Court Division Seven, Judge Lee Coffee, sentenced Jermaine Owens, age 27, to serve 125 years in prison.
Owens was convicted on August 27th of two counts of especially aggravated kidnapping, two counts of especially aggravated robbery and two counts of aggravated rape.
On Monday, December 29th, 2008, a man and a woman, both University of Memphis students, were sitting in a car at 510 South Highland when two males approached them and forced them out of the car at gun point. They robbed both victims, and ordered them to get back into their car. The suspects, led by Owens in another vehicle, drove both victims to a secluded dead end street in south Memphis where both victims were beaten, the female victim was raped, and the male victim was then shot. The male suspects then fled the scene. Owens was developed as suspect in the Memphis Police Department's investigation and two other defendants were also identified, arrested and charged.
Judge Coffee sentenced Owens to serve 25 years per count, to be served consecutively. The two counts of aggravated rape were merged into one conviction at sentencing, for a total of 125 years in prison. It should be noted that Owens is not eligible for parole. He must serve the complete sentence for each of the six counts.
District Attorney General Amy Weirich and Assistant District Attorney Ray Lepone prosecuted the case.