Life in prison ordered for ex-boyfriend of murdered WSU student

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The ex-boyfriend of a murdered Wichita State student will serve life in prison plus 43 months, a Sedgwick County judge ordered Thursday.

Dane Owens, 29, was convicted in November of first-degree felony murder and aggravated burglary in the 2016 shooting of 22-year-old Rowena Irani. 

Irani was a junior majoring in psychology. A Pakistan native, she moved to Wichita at age 10. At WSU, she was a student involvement ambassador.

She died Oct. 4, 2016, a day after her mother found her on the ground with a gunshot wound to the head.

Owens’ life sentence includes parole eligibility after 25 years.