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Alisha Owen Denied Hearing - Nov 13, 1999 - Omaha World-Herald

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Alisha Owen Denied Hearing - Robert Dorr, Omaha World-Herald; Pg. 18 November 3, 1999, Wednesday Sunrise Edition

Alisha Owen, a central figure in the Franklin Credit Union scandal, was denied a state hearing Tuesday on her request to commute her sentence and set her free. The Nebraska Board of Pardons voted 3-0 to deny a hearing, said Lisa Peery, the board's administrative assistant. The board's members are Gov. Mike Johanns, Secretary of State Scott Moore and Attorney General Don Stenberg.

Owen, 31, was convicted of perjury in 1991. Two grand juries and one trial jury said she lied when she told stories of sex parties involving her, other minors and prominent Omaha men. A judge sentenced her to nine to 15 years in prison. She remained free until her appeals were exhausted in 1996. She first asked the Board of Pardons in 1997 to commute her sentence, but the board unanimously rejected her request for a hearing.

Owen, who has married and now goes by Owen-Bystrom, also has filed a motion for post-conviction relief in Douglas County District Court. That motion asks for dismissal of charges, reduction of sentence or a new trial. A date for a hearing hasn't been set.

The only other person still serving a sentence related to events surrounding Franklin's failure is Lawrence E. King Jr., the credit union's former manager. King began serving a 15-year term in 1991 for embezzlement and other financial crimes. He is serving the sentence at a minimum-security federal prison in Florence, Colo., and will become eligible for parole on April 10, 2001, said Dan Cansino, prison case manager and coordinator. If King isn't paroled, he will complete his sentence on Oct. 9, 2002, assuming he gets credit for maximum good time, Cansino said.

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