(WABI) – 61 year old Vella Gogan has filed court paperwork to change her name to Vella Ruth Pelletier.
In 2001, Gogan pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the shooting death and mutilation of her husband, Eugene Gogan, at their home in Hartland two years earlier.
She had originally been charged with murder. Gogan claimed she acted in self defense as her husband had been abusive. Prosecuters said it was a virtual execution.
Gogan’s petition to go back to her maiden name will be heard by a probate judge later this month.
Gogan, who was released from prison last year and now lives in Skowhegan, is currently on six years of probation.