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Man who murdered Erica Owen sentenced to life without parole

Published: Nov. 18, 2021 at 7:16 AM CST
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OWENSBORO, Ky. (WFIE) - The man who pled guilty in killing Erica Owen in Owensboro is has officially been sentenced to life without parole.

As we previously reported, Matthew Adams agreed to plead guilty to that murder in exchange for the sentence.

Adams was facing the death penalty before that guilty plea.

Owen’s body was found at a home on Placid Place in Owensboro in 2018.

Owen had a domestic violence order against Adams.

As Erica Owen’s loved ones gathered in the courtroom Thursday, they wanted to remember her for who she was. A kind, compassionate nurse and friend.

But as her parents sat face to face with Erica’s convicted killer Matthew Adams, it was hard not to think about what their daughter went through the day she died in 2018.

“We were able to address Matt Adams who took her life, and were able to say things we’ve been holding back for a number of years,” said Erica’s father, Rece Owen. “So there’s a bit of satisfaction to be able to release what’s been pent up.”

The rows of the courtroom were full of people there to show their support, wearing purple for Erica.

“I wasn’t surprised to see them here, they’ve been with us every step of the way,” said Erica’s mother, Lisa Greer. “It is a work day, so many of them changed their schedules to be there for her, to see the justice for Erica brought to a close.”

This sentencing day comes at the end of a three and a half year long process for Erica’s family. They say they may be closing a chapter, but in a book that will never truly be finished.

“It isn’t just something you endure that day, it lasts a lifetime,” said Greer. “It really does. I do have peace, I think we all have peace because of our faith, but closure isn’t really a thing.”

Greer, in her impact statement said Erica sent her a text a few days before she died that read, ‘Mom, I’m living my best life.’ That she had never been happier.

“We wanted to be just that, we wanted to be impactful,” said Greer. “We wanted the court to know the loss we’ve had, and we wanted him to know the impact his selfish decision had on our lives, and I think we accomplished that today.”

“Yeah, I agree,” said Owen.

Most of all, Erica’s parents say they want to raise awareness for domestic violence.

They hold annual fundraisers and events to donate to the cause, and have scholarship funds in her name.

When you see the purple benches around Owensboro, her family asks that you think of Erica.

Erica Owen was a lot of thing: a daughter, a friend, a sister, a nurse.
Erica Owen was a lot of thing: a daughter, a friend, a sister, a nurse.

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