by Channel 2 News staff
Friday, March 5, 2010
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The Alaska Court of Appeals has upheld the murder conviction of a Nome police officer.
Mathew Owens' first trial in 2003 for the murder of 19-year-old Sonya Ivanoff ended in a hung jury, but in 2005 he was convicted by a Kotzebue jury and sentenced to 101 years in prison.
Owens appealed on several points, including a claim that the evidence should not amount to a conviction, but the three-judge panel rejected his appeal.
Owens can ask the Alaska Supreme Court to review the appeals court's decision.