PORTLAND, Maine — A New Hampshire man was sentenced Tuesday at U.S. District Court to life in prison in connection with a Dec. 18, 2014, home invasion in Saco, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.
Gregory Owens, 59, of Londonderry, New Hampshire, was convicted by a jury in February of interstate domestic violence and discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence at the end of a two-week trial.
In addition to prison time, Owens was ordered to pay more than $80,000 in restitution, most of which would go to the Saco homeowners.
U.S. District Nancy Torresen imposed the sentence recommended by the prosecution, according to court documents.
Defense attorney Sarah Churchill of Portland told local media that she would appeal Owens’ sentence to the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston.
In addition to the federal charges, Owens was indicted by the York County grand jury on 13 state charges, including aggravated attempted murder and elevated aggravated assault for driving to a Saco home and shooting his ailing wife and the homeowner.
Those charges still are pending, according to Churchill.
Owens drove from New Hampshire to Maine intending to kill his wife, who was an overnight guest at the home of friends living in Saco, according to a previously published report. During the home invasion, Owens shot his wife and the homeowner with a pistol. Both survived their injuries and testified for the prosecution during Owens’ trial.
Federal prosecutors said Owens feared his mistress in Wisconsin was about to tell his wife of their affair.
Owens faced up to 20 years in prison on the interstate domestic violence charge because the jury found that life-threatening bodily injury occurred, and no less than 10 years and up to life on the firearm charge, which must be served consecutively, according to the U.S. attorney’s office. He also faced a $250,000 fine on each count.
Torresen sentenced Owens to 20 years on the stalking charge and to a consecutive life sentence on the gun charge, according to court documents.
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence and would like to talk with an advocate, call 866-834-4357, TRS 800-787-3224. This free, confidential service is available 24/7 and is accessible from anywhere in Maine.