CLEVELAND -- Roy Owens, a serial sex offender now serving time for aggravated burglary, will spend nine to 25 additional years in prison for a 1993 rape investigated and prosecuted by the DNA Cold Case Task Force, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty announced Monday.
Owens, 47, had been indicted on rape charges three times before his DNA tied him to this crime, and he previously has been convicted of sexual battery and attempted rape.
In 2011, Owens pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary after he broke into a house and attempted to take the clothes off a female occupant, who was able to escape and flee to a neighbor's house. His five-year sentence for that offense will end in March 2016.
Most recently, DNA detected in a rape kit and matched to Owens by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation implicated the defendant in the 1993 rape of an 18-year-old girl on Pratt Avenue in Cleveland. Owens was indicted last fall on two counts of rape and one count of kidnapping, all first-degree felonies.
Owens entered a no-contest plea before Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Pamela Barker on May 27. Judge Barker found Owens guilty on all counts. Today, Judge Barker sentenced Owens to serve nine to 25 years, consecutive to his current five-year sentence. Owens also has been determined to be a Sexual Predator, meaning he will have to register with authorities when he gets out of prison and to do so for the rest of his life.
"Roy Owens is indeed a sexual predator. His history of assaulting women began when he was 17-years-old," said Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Mary Weston, who prosecuted the case for the State of Ohio along with Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Yosef Hochheiser.
"There is no evidence he is going to change, and this sentence will protect the community from a very dangerous man."