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Killer Granny Is A 'Monster', Says Daughter
A 75-year-old woman who shot dead her teenage grandson in Michigan has been described as a "monster" by her own daughter.
Sandra Layne was found guilty on Tuesday of second-degree murder in death of 17-year-old Jonathan Hoffman at the home they shared in West Bloomfield Township last May.
Jurors rejected her claim that she was acting in self-defence during an argument.
The boy's parents said the verdict was "vindication" for their son, whose actions and lifestyle were called into question throughout the trial.
"It's really hard to comprehend that your own mother could do something like this to your own child," Jennifer Hoffman told reporters.
"I just know that my son is in heaven, and that's a place that she'll never see."
Layne fired 10 rounds at her grandson, who was living with her while his parents went through a divorce.
He was struck six times in the chest, abdomen and arm.
She portrayed herself in court as a big-hearted grandmother who felt overwhelmed when Jonathan Hoffman was briefly hospitalised and then put on probation for drug use a year ago.
"I wanted him to pay attention to me. He had to listen. It wasn't a conversation. It was arguing. Swearing," a tearful Layne told the jury in testimony last week, explaining why she took out the gun.
During the trial prosecutors played a 911 emergency recording from last May that featured Jonathan Hoffman pleading for help and saying his grandmother had shot him.
She then shot him again while the operator listened on the other end of the line.
The call was crucial to the jury's decision.
"They said they played it over and over and over again" in the jury room, prosecutor Paul Walton said.
Michael Hoffman said his son showed "amazing courage" in his final moments of life.
Without the 911 call, he said, "we could have had a very different result" at trial.
Layne wept quietly as the verdict was read.
As she was being led out of court, her wrists handcuffed to a chain around her waist, some family members sitting with her 87-year-old husband, Fred, waved in a show of support.
Defence lawyer Jerome Sabbota said Layne was "devastated" by the verdict and is sorrowful over her grandson's death.
what do you think?
Use the Gun 1st. Think later. Typical Gun Crazy nation
Amen for the right to bear arms...
6 shots? Amazing it such a norm over there as a form of self defence.
There cud be reasons that she felt she had to protect herself or just get him to listen but to go from pointing a gun and shouting at him to actually shooting him not just once but six times just seems more than deliberate to me the american gov needs to sort out the whole gun policy though its probably to late now as most of them are illegally held anyway