West Bloomfield grandmother found guilty of 2nd degree murder in grandson's shooting death
Sandra Layne found guilty of 2nd degree murder in 17-year-old grandson Jonathan Hoffman's shooting death at suburban Detroit home
PONTIAC, Mich. – A West Bloomfield grandmother has been found guilty of second degree murder and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony in the shooting death of her 17-year-old grandson.
Sandra Layne, 75, will be sentenced the morning of April 18. She was not given bond.
Layne had been charged with 1st degree murder but the jury went with the lesser charge of 2nd degree murder. She could receive life in prison for such a conviction and may be eligible for parole.
Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper said Layne is looking at about 12 to 20 years in prison for the murder conviction. Cooper said she could get an additional two years for the firearm conviction. The sentencing will be discussed and argued in court.
Jonathan Hoffman was shot to death May 18, 2012 at the condo he shared with his maternal grandparents in West Bloomfield.
During the murder trial, the jury listened to 911 calls made by Hoffman during the shooting. The prosecution argued Layne was not acting in self defense when she fatally shot Hoffman, while her defense argued Layne was scared and threatened when she shot the troubled teen.
Layne testified and underwent cross examination. She admitted to shooting Hoffman.
Jury deliberations began Monday morning and the verdict was announced late Tuesday afternoon.