Grandmother sentenced to 1-year probation after grandson’s death

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — A Harrison County grandmother will spend the next year on probation after accidentally shooting and killing her grandson last summer.

Tina Owens, 57, of Jarvisville, was sentenced Thursday afternoon in Harrison County Circuit Court. She pleaded guilty in October to one count of involuntary manslaughter.

Owens thought she heard someone near her property on the night of June 30 and stepped outside to fire several rounds from her .40 caliber handgun. One bullet went into her son’s house next door, into the bedroom of her grandson 11-year-old William Andrew Owens. He died at the scene.

Tina Owens faced a year in jail at Thursday’s sentencing but the judge suspended the sentence and placed her on probation for a year. The victim’s father, Owens’ son, asked the judge for probation.


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