Owens files motion stating her sentence was illegal
A 33 year old former Watertown resident appeared before Judge Robert Timm Wednesday with her attorneys in a motion that she received an illegal sentence.
In January of 1998 Jessi Owens was 17 years old when she and 19 year old Renee Eckes where interrupted in an attempted burglary at the home of David Bauman.
Owens and Eckes believed 47 year old Bauman had $9,000 hidden and the home and attacked him with a hammer and beat him to death when he returned.
Owens was tried as an adult and both pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and received mandatory sentences of life in prison.
Owens attorney Wednesday cited several Supreme Court rulings and said it was cruel and unusual punishment for a minor to receive life in prison.
Judge Timm said he will review the information presented and make his decision at a later date.
In 2007 the South Dakota Supreme Court unanimously rejected her argument that her constitutional rights were violated in the case and upheld the murder conviction.