- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 16, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A federal jury on Tuesday convicted a New Hampshire man of shooting his wife and another person during a home invasion in Maine.

Gregory Owens, 59, of Londonderry, New Hampshire, faces up to 20 years in prison for interstate domestic violence and a minimum of 10 years in prison for discharging a firearm during a crime of violence, said U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty.

The Army veteran broke into a home in Saco, Maine, where his wife was staying on Dec. 18, 2014, shooting her and one of the two people living there.

Both Rachel Owens and Steve Chabot survived being shot three times. Chabot’s wife survived by hiding in another locked room.

The Portland Press Herald reported that Owens took the stand Thursday and Friday to deny the crime after an expert testified that blood left on a broken window matched the defendant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Darcie McElwee said Owens made a “snap decision” to kill his wife after his double life involving lies and a mistress in Wisconsin began to crumble, the newspaper said.

Defense lawyer Sarah Churchill said a state police detective’s testimony about where the DNA sample was obtained was unreliable and that the timeframe established by prosecutors didn’t allow Owens enough time to drive from New Hampshire, commit the crime and dispose of the gun.

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