Longview man sentenced to 40 years in 2010 fatal wreck

Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 10:52am

A Harrison County jury sentenced a Longview man to 40 years in prison Wednesday on a charge of murder for a 2010 traffic death.

Charles Ray Owens Jr. claimed he suffered amnesia from injuries he sustained in the wreck, saying he did not recall any events surrounding the fatal crash.

Owens wept as the son of victim Robert Smith told how his father’s death impacted their family.

“For my mom, being married for 30-plus years, to see that broke up, it’s so hard on her each and every day,” Clayton Smith said. “We don’t know what to tell her. ... “I hope you can find salvation and repent for what you’ve done. You took so much from us. We can’t have it back.”

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