Plainville bail bondswoman faces sentencing for killing boyfriend
HARTFORD — A bail bondswoman is facing sentencing for shooting her boyfriend to death in West Hartford in what she insists was an act of self-defense.
A Hartford Superior Court jury convicted Angela Grasso of Plainville in February of manslaughter, but acquitted her of murder. Sentencing is scheduled for Wednesday, when she faces up to 40 years in prison.
Authorities say the 29-year-old Grasso shot 23-year-old Jose Mendez in the head on April 9, 2014, as he was driving them in his car.
A police report said Grasso told authorities that Mendez repeatedly threatened to kill her and her family as they were driving, after accusing her of cheating on him. The report says Grasso said she believed shooting Mendez was her only chance to save herself and her family.