Grandmother jailed after shooting her grandson while he pleaded with police for helpBy Mason White 6:03 AM March 20, 2013
By: Eva Fett
(Scroll down for video) A grandmother was arrested and charged with murder related charges after shooting her grandson at least 10 times while he was pleading on the phone to police for help, according to Detroit, Michigan, court proceedings.
The woman, who was identified as a 75-year-old, was convicted on Tuesday of second-degree murder for killing her teenage grandson last spring in her Detroit area home, after jurors rejected her claim that she shot him in self defense.
Sandra Layne cried quietly while hearing the verdict, which was delivered during the first day of jury deliberations. She was also found guilty of using a firearm during a felony and likely faces at least 14 years in prison for the death of her grandson, Jonathan Hoffman.
Defense attorney Jerome Sabbota later said that Layne was devastated by the verdict.
However, some family members had harsh words for the grandmother. The mother of Hoffman, Jennifer Hoffman, said her mother was a monster who deserved to go to jail.
“I’m glad that she is locked up and cannot hurt anyone else,” Jennifer Hoffman, said. “He was a great guy and did not deserve to die like this,” she added.
His father, Michael Hoffman, said the verdict was a “final vindication for my son.”
Layne fired 10 shots at his 17-year-old grandson, hitting him six times in a span of six minutes during an argument last May at her home in West Bloomfield Township.
The evidence included a recording of the frantic emergency call Jonathan Hoffman made in which he pleaded for help, even as more shots were being fired.
“My grandmother shot me. I’m going to die. Help. She shot me again,” he told the police dispatcher as he gasped for air.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view