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Man found guilty of Lowry Park murder

6:17 PM, Jan 30, 2007   |    comments
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Sir Mario Owens, 22, was convicted in the fatal shooting of Gregory Vann at Lowry Park in Aurora. The shooting happened after a fight broke out as people were leaving the park following an Independence Day fireworks display.

Owens was convicted of one count of first-degree murder, two counts of attempted second-degree murder, and two counts of assault. He was found not guilty of one count of menacing and one count of attempted second-degree murder.

He faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.

"I've been waiting for this for two and a half years and finally: justice," said Annetta Vann, Gregory Vann's mother. "I'm overwhelmed."

Owens is also a defendant in the murder of Javad Marshall-Fields and Vivian Wolfe.

Marshall-Fields was wounded in the Lowry Park shooting and was scheduled to be a witness in the Vann murder trial. Marshall-Fields and Wolfe, his fiancée, were gunned downed in June 2005, days before the Vann murder trial was to start.

"Javad was an excellent witness, even in his passing," said Rhonda Fields, Javad Marshall-Fields' mother. "This is why this case was solved. Because he came forward in the very beginning, cooperating with the police. All that information was used in this trial, so I'm very proud of him."

If Owens is convicted in the Marshall-Fields case, he could face the death penalty.

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