Bail bondswoman convicted of manslaughter in fatal shooting

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A bail bondswoman who authorities say shot her boyfriend to death in West Hartford has been convicted of manslaughter.

The Hartford Courant reports Angela Grasso of Plainville was acquitted of murder Wednesday but found guilty of first-degree manslaughter with a firearm in a Hartford court.

She faces up to 40 years in prison when she’s sentenced April 13.

Authorities say the 29-year-old Grasso shot 23-year-old Jose Mendez in the head on April 9, 2014. Police said she told them she shot Mendez in self-defense.

Grasso told authorities Mendez repeatedly threatened to kill her and her family as they drove around in the car, after accusing her of cheating on him.

Prosecutors argued Grasso’s self-defense claim had no grounds.

Grasso’s lawyer says they’re “disappointed” with the jury’s verdict.

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Information from: Hartford Courant, http://www.courant.com

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