Judge: Woman found guilty of fatally shooting boyfriend won’t receive shorter sentence

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A woman convicted of murdering her longtime boyfriend will not receive a shorter sentence next week despite claims that she acted out of self-defense after enduring years of abuse.

Dutchess County Court Judge Edward McLoughlin released his ruling Wednesday afternoon, stating that Nicole Addimando will not be considered for a shorter sentence under the state’s Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act. She was found guilty in April 2018 of second-degree murder and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon in the fatal 2017 shooting of Chris Grover.

Addimando had claimed she acted in self-defense after years of physical and sexual abuse.

Kellyann Kostyal-Larrier, the executive director of Fearless Hudson Valley, said the ruling was disheartening and an “archaic response.” She stood with Addimando during the trial.

Assistant Putnam County District Attorney Chana Krauss, who prosecuted the case, told News 12 that she "applauds the court’s extremely-thorough written decision."

Addimando will be in court next week for her sentencing. She faces 25 years to life.

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