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Woman Who Killed Boyfriend In Dutchess Could Be Sentenced Under New Law

Nicole Addimando, 29
Nicole Addimando, 29 Photo Credit: Dutchess County Jail

The area woman who was found guilty of murdering her boyfriend in September 2017 is hoping to be sentenced under a new law.

Nicole Addimando, 30, of the Town of Poughkeepsie, was found guilty of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of her former boyfriend, Christopher Grover, a 2006 graduate of Red Hook High School who was a head coach at Mr. Todd’s Gymnastics in Poughkeepsie, in April. She was also found guilty of criminal possession of a weapon.

On Sept. 28, 2017, Addimando flagged down a patrol officer in the area and said that “she had been involved in an incident with her boyfriend,” according to the Town of Poughkeepsie police. Officers proceeded to check on Grover and found him dead in their Van Wagner Road apartment.

The couple had two children at the time of the murder.

The murder led to an extensive six-month investigation that included evidence showing the murder may have been intentional. It was ultimately determined that Grover was killed by a gunshot wound to his head while he was sleeping on the couch, police said.

Addimando admitted to shooting and killing Grover, but alleged self-defense following years of abuse.

She was back in court this week, and reportedly is hoping to be eligible under the Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act, which was signed into law in May by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

According to Cuomo, “current law allows judges to administer indeterminate sentences for domestic violence survivors who have committed a crime only in relation to their abuser under certain circumstances.

“The Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act builds upon this law by adding offenses committed due to coercion by an abuser, as well as offenses committed against or at the behest of an abuser who does not share a household or family with the survivor, preventing further victimization of individuals who have endured domestic and sexual violence at the hands of their abusers.”

In May, Cuomo said: "the vast majority of incarcerated women have experienced physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, and too often these women wind up in prison in the first place because they're protecting themselves from an abuser.”

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