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The driver who killed four people at the 2014 South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas was sentenced to life in prison on Friday. Rashad Owens, 23, was convicted of capital murder in the 2014 incident that left an entire city mourning and safety regulations questioned. Prosecutors did not seek the death penalty for Owens which trigged a mandatory life sentence for his actions in the 2014 incident that marred the festival.

Owens’ conviction came after three hours of deliberation by the jury, according to the Austin-American Statesman. The week long trial featured jurors hearing vivid testimony from witnesses who saw Owens barrel a stolen Honda Civic into a large crowd of people gathered outside The Mohawk. Video evidence submitted during the trial also showed Owens, an aspiring rapper and father of six attempting to cope and understand the gravity of his actions that March 2014 night.

Owens’ reckless driving after fleeing Austin police following a DUI checkpoint resulted in the deaths of Steven Craenmehr, 35, of the Netherlands, and Jamie Ranae West, 27, who both died at the scene. Sandy Le, 26, and DeAndre Tatum, 19, died days later at Austin area hospitals. In total, 25 people were injured during the incident.

Owens had a blood alcohol content of .114, KXAN reported, exceeding the legal limit of .08.

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