Dutchess County woman gets 19 years to life for killing boyfriend despite claims of abuse

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A Dutchess County woman convicted of murdering her longtime boyfriend and the father of their two children learned her fate Tuesday.

Judge Edward McLoughlin handed down a sentence of 19 years to life to Nicole Addimanado in the killing of Chris Grover in a Poughkeepsie apartment in 2017.

During the hourlong, tear-filled sentencing, Chris Grover's mother attacked Addimando for destroying their lives. Addimando defended her actions because she says she was abused.

According to Addimando's counsel, the case was tragic for both sides.

"Ms. Addimando will be expeditiously filing her appeal. Our responsibility is to her and I think we will demonstrate the numerous statutory and constitutional violations that led to her conviction," says Garrad Beeney.

The sentencing comes a few days after McLoughlin denied Addimando's request for a shorter sentence under New York's Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act. The judge wrote that she had many opportunities to leave Grover without harming him.

The Grover family declined to comment. Outside court ahead of the decision, Addimando's supporters stood in the rain with signs saying they will continue to support her.

"While I have the utmost compassion for all the people who are mourning Chris Grover, I also stand by Nikki and by her truth. And we will never stop fighting for it," says Elizabeth Clifton.

Addimando also received 15 years for her gun charge. Both sentences will run concurrently.



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