Grandmother Convicted Of Killing Teenage Grandson

PONTIAC, Mich. (March 19, 2013)—A jury Tuesday in Pontiac, Mich., convicted a 75-year-old Detroit area woman of second-degree murder in the shooting death of her teenage grandson.

Jurors Tuesday rejected Sandra Layne's claim that she shot Jonathan Hoffman, 17, in self-defense during an argument at their West Bloomfield Township, Mich., home.

Layne fired 10 rounds at her grandson, striking him six times.

She testified that she shot him after he struck her during an argument.

Layne said he demanded $2,000 and her car so that he could flee Michigan because he failed a drug test earlier that day, which could have been a probation violation.

Prosecutors played a 911 call from Hoffman in which he pleaded for help, saying his grandmother had shot him, before she shot him again with the dispatcher listening.


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