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Court rejects ex-bail bondswoman’s appeal in 2014 West Hartford killing

Angela Grasso, in court in 2016.

HARTFORD — The Connecticut Appellate Court has rejected the appeal of a former bail bondswoman serving a 25-year prison sentence for shooting her boyfriend to death in 2014.

A three-judge panel of the state’s second-highest court ruled against 32-year-old Angela Grasso, of Plainville, on Friday.

Grasso was convicted of manslaughter in the killing of 23-year-old Jose Mendez in West Hartford. Police say she shot him in the head while he was driving.

She said Mendez accused her of cheating on him and threatened several times to kill her and her family. She said in court she was “deeply sorry,” but insisted she acted out of fear for her and her family’s life.

The Appellate Court rejected her claim that the state failed to disprove she acted in self-defense.

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