Wednesday afternoon a jury recommended life without parole for Amanda Bowen for the 2014 triple murder of Tina Goble, Cannie Johnson Jr. and Trinity Maynard.
Inside the Johnson County courtroom it was an emotional day as family of the victims took the stand.
“And I know I’ll never get to see him no more,” Cannie Johnson Sr., Johnson’s father, said.
“The nightmares, they come and they go,” Wanda Sartin, Tina Goble’s mother, said.
Sartin, who is also Trinity Maynard’s Grandmother said the pain of the loss is still there.
“You feel like part of your heart has been cut out,” Sartin said.
Wednesday attorneys presented their case determining if Bowen should receive the possibility of parole.
After nearly three hours of deliberation the jury recommended Bowen be sentenced to life in prison without parole.
“To think justice was served for my daughter, my grand-baby, my, he might as well been my son in law,” Sartin said.
Prosecutors said the victim’s families were happy to know Bowen did not receive parole.
“Absolutely, in this case talking with the family, consulting with the family at length this was the maximum penalty that Ms. Bowen was able to receive under the court of law,” Anthony Skeans, First Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney, said.
After several years of heartache the families said they can now begin a new chapter in their lives.
“I’d like to thank the Commonwealth’s Attorney for everything they’ve done, they’ve done a terrific job,” Sartin said.
The jury also recommended Bowen receive 20 years for both counts of robbery and five years for tampering with evidence.
Bowen’s sentencing is May 19th in Johnson County.