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Former bail bondswoman sentenced to 25 years in boyfriends death

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Angela Grasso expected to be sentenced Wednesday in connection to her boyfriends death. (West Hartford police photo) Angela Grasso expected to be sentenced Wednesday in connection to her boyfriends death. (West Hartford police photo)
The scene in 2014 on Prospect Avenue in West Hartford following the shooting. (WFSB photo) The scene in 2014 on Prospect Avenue in West Hartford following the shooting. (WFSB photo)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

A former bail bondswoman learned her fate Wednesday morning in Hartford Superior Court.

Sentencing lasted about an hour before the judge handed down his decision, sentencing her to serve 25 years in prison.

Angela Grasso was found guilty of manslaughter in connection to the shooting death of her boyfriend, 23-year-old Jose Mendez.

"No words can mend all of the lives I have broken," Grasso said in court on Wednesday. "I accept responsibility for my actions and I am deeply sorry."

Grasso shot Mendez as the pair were in a car driving along Prospect street on the West Hartford-Hartford line.

Grasso, who worked for Capital Bail Bonds in Hartford, claimed the shooting was in self defense and that Mendez had threatened to kill her and her family after he accused her of cheating on him.

Court documents revealed the couple had been dating for only about three weeks at the time of the shooting.

Prosecutors argued that Grasso had several chances to escape.  However, Grasso's attorney said the pair had been arguing throughout the night and that as Mendez was drove to a Wendy's in Hartford she saw it as her only opportunity to get away and shot Mendez in the head with her registered gun.

In the end, the jury did not buy her version of the events and found her guilty of manslaughter. 

While Grasso apologized in court on Wednesday, family members of the victim said those words were far too little too late.

"She knew what she was doing, she still got away with it," Evelyn Lopez said, who is the mother of Jose Mendez. She said she believes that Grasso could actually have received an even stiffer sentence of 40 years.

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