A mother of two who admitted that she shot her boyfriend in self-defense after years of abuse has been convicted of his murder.
Nicole Addimando, 30, was found guilty of second-degree murder on Friday for lethal shooting gymnastics coach Christopher Grover in their apartment complex in Poughkeepsie, New York, in September 2017.
She gets 25 years to live in prison when she was sentenced in June.
Nicole Addimando, 30, was found guilty on Friday of second-degree murder for the fatal shooting of her friend Christopher Grover in their apartment in Poughkeepsie, New York, in September 2017. She is pictured during her trial in March where she claimed she killed him in self-defense after years of sexual abuse and torture
Addimando shot Grover, her partner living in and the father of her two children, in the head while he was sleeping on the couch, according to prosecutors. The killing came within 24 hours after Child Protective Services had started an investigation into the family
On the night of the murder, Addimando appointed a police officer in the area and told the police that there was an & # 39; incident & # 39; had been with her boyfriend.
Agents arrived at the couple's apartment and found Grover dead from a gunshot wound to the head.
Child Protective Services had visited the couple's house within 24 hours after Grover was shot after an anonymous complainant reported that Addimando had bruises on her and expressed concern about their two young children.
Addimando previously claimed that she had been sexually abused and tortured by Grover years before the murder, and said that she had killed the head trainer in the self-defense of Mr. Todd's Gym.
The prosecutors of New York were instructed to refute her self-defense of murder cases beyond reasonable doubt.
& # 39; That was not self-defense & # 39 ;, said Chana Krauss, special prosecutor for the Putnam County District Attorney & # 39; s Office, during her final statement.
& # 39; Chris Grover slept on the couch. This was intentional murder. & # 39;
On the night of the murder Addimando staged a patrol car that said there was an & # 39; incident & # 39; had been with her boyfriend. Officers arrived at their home (upstairs) and found Grover dead
During the trial, nearly 20 witnesses were brought before the jury because both sides painted very different portraits of Addimando.
The defense said Addimando had a justified, reasonable and legitimate belief that Grover would kill her.
& # 39; We marched witness after witness after witness after witness to witness the abuse & # 39 ;, said John Ingrassia during final statements.
He said Addimando described in & # 39; unbearable, painful details … which can only be described as malignant, sadistic torture & # 39; during three days of testimony.
Ingrassia briefly repeated the various incidents that Addimando claimed that Grover had raped her, choked her with a bathrobe belt, and used a hot spoon to burn different parts of her body.
Addimando can be seen above in her mugshot of September 2017
He said that when Grover heard of the CPS investigation, he knew that his & # 39; deep dark secret was about to be revealed to the world to see & # 39 ;.
Prosecutors said Addimando was the one who feared that the CPS probe would result in the agency taking her children if she heard of previous allegations of abuse she had shared with therapists and medical staff.
The prosecutor portrayed the suspect as a & # 39; master manipulator & # 39; who invented the story of domestic violence to justify killing the father of her children.
Krauss reminded the jury that Grover & # 39; is not on trial & # 39; and & # 39; does not have the ability to defend itself & # 39 ;.
The prosecutor said that if Addimando was abused, she had the opportunity to leave him and knew what resources were available to her.
She also argued that even if Grover had been responsible for the injuries that Apparently Addimando had sustained, she would not have been justified in killing him.
The defense said Addimando had a justified, reasonable and legitimate belief that Grover would kill her. A photo of her bruises can be seen in the courtroom above
The Poughkeepsie Journal reported that many people in the courtroom burst into tears after the guilty verdict was read – some in sadness and some in relief.
The victim's mother, Gail Grover, who wore a chain with her son's ashes, said: & Justice served. He was with us. & # 39;
Addimando & # 39; s friend Elizabeth Clifton said: & # 39; I just wanted to say that we are sad and devastated, and that we are thinking of Nikki & # 39; s two children, Ben and Faye, who are going to sleep without their mother tonight .
& # 39; And that we understand that this is why women do not come forward, & # 39; she added.
The prosecutor portrayed the suspect as a & # 39; master manipulator & # 39; who invented the story of domestic violence to justify the murder of the father of her children