- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 12, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - An Army veteran who disguised himself as an intruder and tried to kill his wife as his double life began to unravel was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday.

Gregory Owens, of Londonderry, New Hampshire, continued to deny involvement in the shootings before a judge imposed the sentence in U.S. District Court. The judge said she didn’t believe Owens and even Owens’ son asked for a harsh sentence, calling him a “monster.”

Owens, 59, wore a mask when he broke into the Saco home where his wife was staying before shooting her and one of the home’s occupants, prosecutors said.

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

The prosecutor contended Owens acted on Dec. 18, 2014, after his double life involving lies and a mistress in Wisconsin began to crumble. He was convicted by a federal jury in February of interstate domestic violence and using a firearm during a crime of violence.

His wife was staying with Chabot and his wife in Saco as she grappled with rapidly advancing early dementia. Blood left on a broken window was linked to her husband.

Rachel Owens was left with a metal rod in a leg and a bullet lodged in her head.

“I got my sentence, and he got his,” she said Tuesday.

In court Tuesday, Owens made a rambling statement in which he repeated the claim he made during his trial that he knew how to kill people as a military-trained sniper. He reiterated that neither of the victims would’ve survived if he’d been the perpetrator of the crime.

Judge Nancy Torresen was unmoved in imposing the life sentence.

“I don’t see any possibility of you rehabilitating yourself,” she said, according to the Portland Press Herald.

Owens’ attorney said she intends to file a notice of appeal.

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