Sanda Layne Found Guilty of 2nd-Degree Murder in Death of Grandson
Jurors determine West Bloomfield grandmother gunned down her 17-year-old grandson, Jonathan Hoffman, who was a student at Farmington Central High School.
Jurors have found West Bloomfield grandmother Sandra Layne guilty of second degree murder in the shooting death of her grandson.
Deliberation spanned eight hours over two days, according to the Detroit News, and Layne was found guilty of killing Farmington Central High School student Jonathan Hoffman, 17, and guilty of the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony Tuesday in Oakland County Circuit Court.
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Prosecutors said Layne was intent on killing her grandson, shooting him six times, according to the Detroit Free Press, while Layne told the jury she was afraid of Hoffman and killed him in self-defense.
The jury determined Layne, 75, shot and killed Hoffman last May in the West Bloomfield condominium they shared on Brookview Lane.
West Bloomfield Patch reported that Layne gave herself up to police at her front door, where officers later found a handgun with blood on it. Layne herself was found with blood on her hands and clothing.
According to testimony, Layne was hysterical, screaming that she had just shot and killed her grandson, even after being placed in a police car.
Sabbota said that on the day of the incident, Layne had been at odds with her grandson, who lived away from his parents in Arizona.