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May 3, 2016 12:55 PM

Judge delays sentencing of Londonderry man convicted of trying to kill his wife

LONDONDERRY — A judge has delayed the sentencing of a Londonderry man convicted of trying to murder his wife during a staged break-in at a southern Maine home.

The Union-Leader reported probation officials requested more time to craft a recommended sentence for Gregory Owens, 59, who was convicted in February on a federal charge of interstate domestic violence and using a firearm. His sentencing was moved from June 14 to July 12 in U.S. District Court in Portland, Maine.

Owens also faces attempted murder and a variety of other charges in state court for shooting his estranged wife Rachel Owens of Londonderry.

Rachel Owens was staying with her longtime friend, Carol Chabot, and her husband, Steve, when a masked intruder broke into the home about 2:47 a.m. on Dec. 18, 2014. Rachel Owens and Steve Chabot were each shot three times.

Prosecutors say Owens allegedly carried out the murder plot after his mistress of six years, who lived in Wisconsin, threatened to expose their affair. Owens drove from his Londonderry home on Winthrop Road to Carol and Steve Chabot’s home, and donned a mask and gloves before breaking into the residence.

Prosecutors used footprint analysis, DNA evidence and contradictory statements Owens allegedly made to police and his mistress after the shooting. The defense contended that prosecutors lacked evidence in tying Owen to the murder plot.

A conviction for interstate domestic violence is punishable by up to 20 years in prison. The firearms conviction carries up to a 10-year prison term. Owens is being held at a Maine jail pending his sentencing hearing.

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