Gaile Owens

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Gaile Owens
Born (1952-09-22)September 22, 1952
Nationality United States
Criminal penalty
Sentenced to death
Criminal status Paroled
Conviction(s) Accessory before the fact to first degree murder

Gaile Owens was a prisoner at the Tennessee Prison for Women from 22 February 1985 to 7 October 2011.[1] Owens' husband, Ronald Owens, was murdered on 17 February 1985.[2] Owens was found guilty of hiring Sidney Porterfield[3] to murder her husband and was sentenced to death by electrocution.[4] Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen commuted the sentence of Gaile Owens to life in prison in 2010.[5]


  1. ^ "Tennessee woman Gaile Owens freed from prison after 26 years on death row". The Guardian Newspaper (London). 7 October 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Brantley, Hargrove. "Once a wife and mother in a deceptively perfect home, Gaile Owens is now the first woman sentenced to die in Tennessee in nearly 200 years". Nashville Scene. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "State of Tennessee vs. Gaile K. Owens". State of Tennessee. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Former death row inmate Gaile Owens released on parole". CBS News. Retrieved 18 July 2013. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Former death row inmate freed from Tenn. prison". USA Today. 7 October 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2013.