Marshall Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for 2016 Murders

Jun 15, 2017

   MARSHALL, Mo. (AP) - A central Missouri man has been sentenced to life in prison for the deaths of two Saline County residents.

   Fifty-nine-year-old Donald Owens, of Marshall, was sentenced Monday after he pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of armed criminal action and first-degree burglary. He was sentenced to life on both murder counts, plus 25 years for both counts of armed criminal action.

   Owens shot and killed 35-year-old Ryan Sanders in Slater and 83-year-old Bonnie Charlene Hupp in Saline County in June 2016.

   The Sedalia Democrat reports  Sanders was married to Hupp's granddaughter.

   Court records say Owens said he killed Sanders to protect a family member involved in legal proceedings against Sanders. He said he killed Hupp because he believed she was responsible for his divorce.