Mich. Woman Guilty of Grandson's Murder
Jury rejects Sandra Layne's self-defense claim
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 20, 2013 12:03 AM CDT
Sandra Layne, 75, of West Bloomfield, Michigan, testifies during her trial last week.   (AP Photo/Detroit News, John T. Greilick)

(Newser) – A 75-year-old Michigan woman has been found guilty of the second-degree murder of her teenage grandson last year. The jury rejected Sandra Layne's claim that she shot Jonathan Hoffman, 17, in self-defense. The teen was shot multiple times and jurors were played a harrowing 911 call in which he pleaded for help, the Detroit Free Press reports. "My grandma shot me. I'm going to die," he said, before being shot again in the stomach.

Layne, who appeared shocked by the guilty verdict, claimed she had been afraid of the grandson sent to live with her to finish his last year in high school and she shot him after he hit her during an argument over money, the AP reports. Layne's daughter says her mother is a "monster" who fully deserves to be in prison for the boy's death. She described the guilty verdict as "a final vindication for my son, to restore his good name and reputation."

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toryd
Mar 21, 2013 2:24 AM CDT
We obviously need more information on what happened here. Why was the grandson living with her, had he gotten in trouble before (not that that would justify her shooting him), why didn't SHE call 911 if he hit her, etc., etc. At this point, I feel bad for the boy, but would like to know more about the circumstances.
Drewzy
Mar 20, 2013 11:55 AM CDT
Good thing she had a gun. She probably couldn't have managed to commit this murder with a knife or a baseball bat. Maybe a car..........
myflap.blow
Mar 20, 2013 7:13 AM CDT
that was nasty what she said she does with the hand that pulled the trigger.