OWENSBORO, Ky (WEHT) After pleading guilty to murdering Erica Owen, Matthew Adams has been sentenced to life in prison. Owen’s family also addressed Adams in court Thursday afternoon.

Owen’s father, Rece Owen, says the pain of losing his daughter has been “nothing but pure heartbreak, rich in sadness and complete despair.”

Her mother, Lisa Greer, says her family has peace through their faith, but notes they’ll likely never have closure. Greer says the pain of losing a child isn’t something they’ve endured for just one day, but rather a pain they’ll have for the rest of their lives.

Greer thanked Owen’s friends and families for being with them every step of the way, changing work schedules to be in the courtroom Thursday as the sentencing was read. Greer adds the support has been overwhelming and much appreciated.

Owen was a 25-year-old nurse at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital in 2018 when she was killed. She was found dead at a home on Placid Place. The Daviess County Coroner said Owen died from strangulation. 

Police say Owen had a domestic violence order issued against Adams.