The Man Who Ploughed A Stolen Car Into Revellers At Last Year's (14) South by Southwest Festival In Austin, Texas Has Been Jailed For Life.
Rashad Owens, whose actions cost four people their lives was found guilty of capital murder in a Travis County, Texas court on Friday (06Nov15).
Owens drove through a temporary barricade, set up for the festival, and injured dozens before leaping out of the stolen vehicle and attempting to flee from police officers at the scene on 12 March, 2014.
Four people died from their injuries.
The driver was later charged with two counts of capital murder and several counts of aggravated assault with a motor vehicle, and lawmakers pushed for a life sentence, insisting Owens' actions were intentional.
In court, the defence team lawyers argued that Owens came from a small town and was unfamiliar with the big city and didn't realise the street was closed off to festival goers until it was too late. But prosecutor Amy Meredith insisted he was being pursued for the stolen car when he drove into the crowd of people.
She said, "There is no other answer than that the defendant knew what he was doing, and he didn't care... He was not going to be stopped. He was not going to go to jail."