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Jul 12, 2016 4:48 PM

Londonderry man gets life for trying to murder estranged wife diagnosed with dementia

LONDONDERRY - A Londonderry man has been sentenced to life in prison after getting convicted of trying to murder his wife during a staged break-in at a southern Maine home.

Gregory Owens, 59, who was convicted in February on a federal charge of interstate domestic violence and using a firearm. His sentencing had originally been scheduled for June 14.

His estranged wife Rachel Owens - who has been diagnosed with dementia - 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.

During the sentencing, the judge called Owens deceitful and mean, saying she didn't think anyone in that courtroom believed a word he said.

Owens said he plans to appeal.

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