But on the day he was sentenced, he was released from jail, according to Prairie County Detention officials.
On Monday, Prairie County Sheriff Gary Burnett declined to tell KARK why Owens was released.
However, a detention employee told KARK the jail was overcrowded, just like the state prison.
Owens is currently being held in Prairie County Jail as a person of interest in the stabbing death of Donovan Buck over the weekend.
He will be questioned by Arkansas State Police, but he has not been named a suspect.