A 36-year-old man who was arrested in December 2009 in an incident which led to a 15-minute lockdown of Grover Beach Elementary School has been found guilty on four counts, including possessing a firearm near a school.
Elemetrius Owens was arrested after a passerby reported there was a man near Grover Beach Elementary with a handgun.
Owens was found guilty by a jury on Monday afternoon of four counts: possession of a firearm near a school, possession of a concealed firearm, possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of ammunition by a felon. He has a prior conviction of possession of cocaine for sale.
He is scheduled to be back in court May 16 for sentencing, according to the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office. Owens faces up to five years in prison, according to the district attorney’s office, and is being held without bail in county jail.
Grover Beach police locked down the elementary school with the cooperation of the Lucia Mar Unified School District on Dec. 15, 2009, after the incident was reported about 12:30 p.m.
The school is located in the 300 block of Tenth Street, and Owens lived in a nearby apartment at 965 Manhattan Ave. A search of his apartment uncovered a loaded handgun, police said.
-- Cynthia Lambert