Q: In 1997, Kathy Lynn Owens, 39, was killed in Stanislaus County by a man named Bobby Lee Scroggins. What was the outcome in this case?
A: A Stanislaus County jury convicted Bobby Lee Scroggins of second-degree murder in the September 1997 stabbing death of his wife, Kathy Lynn Owens-Scroggins.
The conviction was Scroggins’ third strike under California’s “three strikes” law, resulting in a sentence of 45 years to life in prison – three times the usual 15-years-to-life sentence – plus an additonal 11 years, according to stories in The Modesto Bee. Now 65 years old, Scroggins is at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville.
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Scroggins reportedly had begun abusing his wife shortly after they were married. The abuse escalated and Owens-Scroggins decided to leave her husband. According to stories in The Modesto Bee, the defense attorney acknowledged that Scroggins stabbed his wife, but argued that it was a crime of passion and was not premeditated.
Twice before, however, Scroggins had been convicted of nonfatal stabbings of a longtime companion.