Accomplice in Ravenna murder gets 3 years in prison

By Dave O'Brien | staff writer Published:

A Ravenna man has been sentenced to three years in prison for trying to help a friend cover up the murder of a Ravenna woman in August 2012.

Portage County Common Pleas Judge Laurie Pittman sentenced Jordan A. Owen, 21, of 660 W. Riddle Ave., to prison on two felony charges for his actions following the murder of Pamela S. Fox at her home on King Street in Ravenna. Owen pleaded guilty in November to tampering with evidence and obstructing justice, both third-degree felonies.

Pittman gave Owen three years in prison on each charge, to run concurrent to each other for a total of three years behind bars, and fined him $300. She also gave him credit for 148 days already served while awaiting trial on the charges, as Owen had been held in the Portage County jail in lieu of $175,000 bond since his initial arrest.

Portage County Prosecutor Victor Vigluicci said Owen hid the murder weapon -- a weightlifting bar ­-- and bloody clothing worn by Joseph W. Fox, 21, during the murder of his mother at 601 King St. on Aug. 13, 2012.

Pamela Fox was beaten and strangled by her son during an attempted burglary and robbery, according to Ravenna police.

Police who searched the Owen residence found the murder weapon, a check belonging to Pamela Fox, jeans, a pair of Air Jordan shoes, gloves, and a BB gun in a bag in Jordan Owen's closet, Vigluicci said. The jeans, shoes, weight bar and BB gun all had Pamela Fox's blood on them, he said.

Joseph Fox pleaded guilty to seven felony charges, including aggravated murder, aggravated burglary and aggravated robbery, in September and was sentenced by Judge John Enlow to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Jordan Owen's brother, Joseph A. Owen, 23, also of 660 W. Riddle Ave., also lied to Ravenna police during their investigation of the murder, according to Vigluicci, and was charged with obstructing justice, a third-degree felony, and forgery, a fifth-degree felony, for allegedly trying to cash a check belonging to Pamela Fox at a Ravenna bank the day after the murder.

Joseph Owen's trial is scheduled to begin in Enlow's courtroom on Tuesday, according to court records.

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Contact this reporter at 330-298-1128 or dobrien@recordpub.com

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  • Only 3 years, this low life should have received 10 to 15 years. Maybe true justice will be assigned by one of the prison gangs.

  • This is still heartbreaking! I just can not believe Joe did this!