Jonathan Hoffman’s parents trusted his grandmother with his life and she took it away from him.
Sandra Layne, 75, shot and killed her 17-year-old grandson, Jonathan Hoffman, and placed the blame on the boy’s troubling past and physically absent parents. Layne was sentenced to 22 years in prison.
Hoffman was left in his grandmother’s care to complete his senior year in high school because his parents were forced to relocate to Arizona for their 16-year-old daughter’s brain tumor treatment.
A key element in convicting the grandmother was a recording of the 911 call, which recalls a helpless Hoffman begging for help as Layne continued to fire her weapon.
Judge Denis Langford Morris said, “Grandmothers are supposed to protect. Why did you keep shooting and how could you keep shooting? You didn’t have to keep shooting. Those were hollow-pointed bullets designed for a devastating impact.”
Layne blames Hoffman’s parents for leaving her with a troubled child she was too elderly to care for. She reportedly felt threatened by the teen and claimed self-defense to a jury in March, but the claim was later rejected.
Hoffman’s parents are disgusted with Layne’s allegations and asked the judge not to be lenient in sentencing the grandmother.
“She showed no mercy when she planned, stalked, and murdered my son in his bedroom. Sandra Layne is pure evil and if given the opportunity would surely kill again. She’s a complete narcissist. I wish I had seen how evil she was. I wouldn’t have left my son with her,” said Jennifer Hoffman, Jonathan’s mother.
Layne will be credited for time served during the trial, but will most likely take her last breath behind bars.
Jonathan’s last image is the barrel of his grandmother’s gun, a woman he trusted, a woman the Hoffmans put their faith in. Our condolences.
SOURCE: Fox News