2016-08-23 / Front Page

Man convicted of trying to kill wife in Saco appeals sentence

Staff Writer

Owens Owens PORTLAND — A New Hampshire man convicted of traveling across state lines in an attempt to kill his wife in Saco is appealing the jury’s verdict.

Gregory Owens, 59, was found guilty in February in U.S. District Court of federal charges of interstate domestic violence and discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. In July, he was sentenced to life plus 20 years in prison.

The filing fee for the appeal was paid Thursday in U.S. District Court in Portland, and the related documents were sent Friday to the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston, according to court documents.

According to prosecutors, Owens left his home in New Hampshire in the early hours of Dec. 18, 2014, and drove to the Saco home of Steven and Carol Chabot, where his ill wife, Rachel, had been staying to give him a brief respite from caring for her.

Owens broke into the Chabots’ home and shot Steven Chabot and Rachel Owens. Both survived, but Rachel still has debilitating injuries as a result of the attack.

According to prosecutors, Owens intended to kill his wife of 35 years so he could be free to have a relationship with his girlfriend in Wisconsin, who had recently found out he had lied about being in the process of getting a divorce.

Owens also has pending state charges of four counts of aggravated attempted murder, two counts of attempted murder, two counts of elevated aggravated assault, two counts of elevated aggravated assault with indifference, two counts of aggravated assault with a weapon, one count of burglary with a firearm and one count of criminal mischief.

Owens is scheduled to appear at York County Superior Court Sept. 9 to face the state charges.

— Staff Writer Liz Gotthelf can be contacted at 282-1535, ext. 325 or egotthelf@journaltribune.com.

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