• Grandmother Found Guilty of Shooting Her Grandson: 24 Hour Crime Report With Angelo Henderson

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    24-HOUR MAJOR CRIME SUMMARY REPORT

    March 18, 2013 – 6:01 a.m. to March 19, 2013 – 6:00 a.m.

    NOTE: The following summaries are allegations of incidents that have been reported and are under investigation.

    Tuesday, 03/19/13 – 3:15 a.m.

    CIRCUMSTANCES:

    In the 14200 block of W. Seven Mile Rd, the female victim, 41, (employee), was working at a local fast food resautant when the suspect entered the location, produced a weapon and demanded money.  The suspect fled the location with an undisclosed amount of U. S. currency.  The victim was No one was injured.

    WANTED:

    Suspect:  Black female, 20’s, 5’-5”, 120 lbs, medium complexion, wearing a green mask, gray sweatshirt wiht a hood, jeans, and armed.

    Anyone with information on this crime is encouraged to call Criminal Investigations at telephone number: 313-596-5240.

    Anyone with information on these crimes can also call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK- UP (1-800-773-2587), online:  http://www.1800speakup.org or Text:  CSM and your tips to CRIMES (274637).

    For additional information, please contact the Office of Public Information at 313-596-2200.

    Grandmother Sandra Layne found guilty of 2nd degree murder in shooting death of grandson

     (WXYZ) – Sandra Layne, the grandmother who shot her grandson six times inside their West Bloomfield condominium, has been found guilty of second degree murder.

    Jennifer Hoffman, Sandra Layne’s daughter and Jonathan’s mother, called her 75-year-old mother “a monster” for opening fire on her 17-year-old son who prosecutors say was getting ready to go out with friends.

    Michael Hoffman thanked police and prosecutors for their incredible work in the case and getting justice for their son whose reputation he says has been tarnished by Sandra Layne and her defense.

    Sandra Layne’s 87-year-old husband cried as the verdict was read, then tried to shield his face from photographers.

    Jurors began deliberations on Monday and quickly came to a unanimous verdict Tuesday afternoon.

    Sandra Layne’s attorney, Jerome Sabbota, had hoped she would have been found not guilty of even the much lesser offense of involuntary manslaughter. Layne claims the deadly shooting was self-defense.

    Prosecutors told the jury that there was no evidence that Jonathan Hoffman attacked his grandmother as she claimed and urged the jury to find her guilty of First Degree Premeditated Murder.

    Oakland County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Paul Walton believes the mandatory minimum for Layne will be 14 years in prison.

    During jury deliberations on Monday, jurors asked to see several items including the gun, a Glock 17, Sandra Layne used to shoot Jonathan Hoffman multiple times.

    Layne took the stand during the trial and claimed she and her 17-year-old grandson had been arguing after he failed a court-ordered drug test and wanted money to leave town because he feared he would be sent to jail.

    The West Bloomfield woman says she confronted Jonathan with the gun to make him talk to her and she feared how he might react since he had broken things in the past. Layne said Jonathan had never assaulted her before, but claims when she confronted him that day, he kicked her in the chest and hit her in the face, prompting her to shoot.

    Prosecutors pointed out to jurors that Layne never called for help on any of the 11 phones in her condominium or her cell phone.

    Oakland County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Paul Walton also told the jury that instead of leaving her home after shooting her grandson the first time, Layne went to the basement and then returned to Jonathan in his upstairs bedroom area and shot him again.

    Layne’s defense attorney told the jury that his client wanted to check on her grandson when she went back upstairs and only shot him again when he grabbed her and tried to get the gun.

    Jurors are rarely allowed to ask witnesses any questions, but when Layne was on the stand they asked her why she didn’t call 911 after shooting her grandson at least once.

    The 75-year-old replied, “When I was in the basement, all I was thinking was that I had to hide. I was terrified.”

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