The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) will feature former Knox resident, Lisa Owens, tonight on the “Breaking Down the Bars”. The program features eight inmates incarcerated at the Rockville Correctional Center.
Owens, who is eligible for release this year because of a modification of her 40 year sentence, was convicted of shooting her husband, Jeff, while he was in the shower. The crime took place on May 18th, 2001. The case was heard before then- Starke Circuit Court Judge, David Matsey and was prosecuted by then-Starke County Prosecutor, Kim Hall. She plead guilty to Voluntary Manslaughter. The modification order was signed by Judge Richard Kickbush.
Owens is reportedly going to express remorse for the crime on the show tonight.
Since news of the airing of the program in January, there has been much reaction on our WKVI comment and discussion pages. Most have expressed the opinion that she should not be released. WKVI contacted a member of the Owens family for comment but they respectively declined to be interviewed.
The program will air at 8:00 p.m. CT tonight.