UPDATE: Grandmother Charged with Murder in Grandson's Shooting

74-year-old Sandra Layne of West Bloomfield 'distraught' after spending the weekend in jail, not talking with investigators.

Update, 1:35 p.m.: Sandra Layne, a 74-year-old grandmother from West Bloomfield, was arraigned Monday afternoon on a charge of open murder in the fatal shooting of her 17-year-old grandson in their home Friday evening.

Layne, who spent the weekend in the West Bloomfield jail, was denied bond by Judge Marc Barron of  in Bloomfield Township.

1 p.m.: The 74-year-old woman being held in connection with the shooting death of her grandson Friday evening "is feeing very distraught and disturbed," her laywer, Mitch Ribitwer, told West Bloomfield Patch at in Bloomfield Township. The West Bloomfield grandmother is expected to be charged in the case early this afternoon.

10:15 a.m.: Arraignment is now expected after 1:30 p.m. today.

9:30 a.m. Monday: While classmates and the community come to grips with the Friday , the 17-year-old's grandmother of West Bloomfield could be arraigned in the teen's death as early as this morning, according to West Bloomfield Police.

 principal Joseph Greene wrote in an email Sunday night that Hoffman, a former student at the school, would be remembered with a moment of silence Thursday night during a ceremony "at the rock."

"As we process these events, it is my hope that we, as a school community, can decide what positive way we can heal and go forward in the wake of our recent losses and tragedies," Greene wrote.

Social workers and counselors are available to the school's students and staff. Debriefing meetings are also scheduled to occur after school for students and staff on today or Tuesday, Greene said.

Hoffman's 74-year-old grandmother, who police have not identified, has was taken into custody Friday evening at her home in the Maple Place Villas gated community in West Bloomfield. She was first hospitalized, then spent the rest of the weekend in the jail at the West Bloomfield Police Department. She has not talked to investigators, Lt. Tim Diamond said today.

Police have not named the woman pending her arraignment in in Bloomfield Township.

Funeral arrangements have been made at Ira Kaufman Chapel of Southfield.  Rabbi Joshua Bennett will officiate Tuesday at 11 a.m. Internment will follow at Machpelah Cemetery of Ferndale.

hot and smart May 21, 2012 at 06:00 PM
oh, poor thing, she's distraught and disturbed after killing her grandson ..................
Mike Steinberg May 21, 2012 at 09:16 PM
She has excellent counsel. We know nothing of the circumstances of the case. Just the end result. My prayers are with the family along with the accused. We defense attorneys are taken to task to get jurors to look past the end. result. You would expect the same if your loved one stood in the shoes of the accused. There are so many unanswered questions. Was she suddenly roused and believed there was a break in in progress? Does she suffer from dementia? Is there some physical malady that has effected her function such as necrosis of brain tissue. Who knows. Good luck
Timothy Rath (Editor) May 21, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Thanks for the comment, Mike. Mr. Ribitwer said that he couldn't comment on the full extent of Ms. Layne's medical history, but did say that she was seeing doctors on a regular basis to treat diabetes and other issues.
Kathy May 21, 2012 at 11:07 PM
I'm having a hard time worrying about the grandmother's health, the great kid the grandson was, the nice home he was living in, etc. I have been in Mrs. Layne's shoes with my son. Who would ever think/believe that I would fear for my life, much less my valuables??? But I do. I know the fear of a strong unstable kid in the throws of abuse wanting something from me that I am not going to supply. This is a kid who has had every advantage. My son, and I'm sure Jonathan Hoffman, are wonderful people at the core of their being. However, under the influence of alcohol, marijuana or even stupid 'lawful' K2, or Spice, these people become some one else. They can become psychotic, evil people who will stop at nothing to get what they want--more drugs. If my son, who is absolutely wonderful--being himself drug free--comes into my home, I have to immediately run upstairs to put the padlock on our walk-in closet, where anything of value is stored. I absolutely love him. Do I trust him? Of course not. Please try walking in Mrs. Layne's shoes for a minute. I think her only mistake was saying she would take Jonathan into her home for another year. Obviously this boy had problems--with the law and drugs--and shame on his parents for pawning him off on some one else.
LisaLou May 22, 2012 at 03:34 AM
Where did you get all that info, Kathy? I didn't see anything about drug use in the above story..
Ronelle Grier May 22, 2012 at 04:41 AM
That is because there is no evidence of chronic drug use. Kathy, I am sorry for the heartache you are experiencing, but please do not assume that Sandra Layne's situation was the same as yours. Jonathan was not a "strong unstable kid in the throws of abuse." He was a 110 lb. teen who was beloved by his friends, teachers, and other family members. And his parents did not "pawn him off." Are you aware that the parents were spending their days at an Arizona hospital, helping their younger daughter recover from a brain tumor which was discovered shortly after they arrived? Mrs. Layne encouraged them to send Jonathan to stay with her to finish out the school year with his friends. Please learn the facts next time before rushing to judgment.
Concerned citizen May 22, 2012 at 04:54 AM
Lady you have no clue how this kid lived his life. Quit projecting YOUR fears and failures on this kid. You should be ashamed of yourself!
Alan Stamm May 22, 2012 at 11:07 AM
I sympathize with your situation, Kathy, and hope family support and other interventions help your son move forward productively and healthfully. In fairness and open-mindedness, I respectfully suggest we recognize that each household's situation is different and that outsiders can't pass judgment on personal decisions by parents Jennifer and Michael Hoffman. Ne details today in The Detroit News show that "pawning him off on someone else" seems to be an overly harsh assumption: "Hoffman moved in with his grandmother at the beginning of the school year, shortly after his sister Jessica, 15, was diagnosed with a noncancerous brain tumor. The family had moved to Scottsdale, Ariz., in July, and doctors discovered the tumor just days after the family's move. "While his parents helped Jessica recover, Hoffman chose to return to Michigan to spend his senior year with his friends and live with Layne." [http://bit.ly/JNhI4N]
Kathy May 22, 2012 at 11:30 AM
LisaLou, The first reports in both the Oakland Press and the Free Press mentioned his drug problems. He's on probation for drug use. He is at the alternative school in Farmington Hills becuse of it.
W I May 22, 2012 at 09:27 PM
My prayers and condolences are with all of Jonathan's family and friends. I know nothing more than others about the circumstances that led to his demise, but I do know that a young life was taken, a gun was purchased with this young man in mind, and a community grieves. Speculation... I am heartbroken.
hot and smart May 23, 2012 at 07:54 PM
if she couldn't handle the Kid or the situation, call the parents, the police and social services. No way to justify 8 bullets. she hardly looks frail and sickly, she looks demonic.Wake up and face the music Grannny, you F#e3d up!!!
Kathy May 24, 2012 at 12:47 AM
I am so sorry for what has happened. However, I read in today's Detroit Free Press that Jonathan was involded in the K2, Spice stuff I talked about earlier. Spice is very dangerous--it mimics marijuana but it is so much more dangerous The kids on probation who have to 'test' know that K 2 doesn't show up on a test--that's why they love it!! What happens wuth K2 is that the dealer takes a normal plant, like salvia, dries it, then sprays it with chemicals--the chemicals change weekly, daily, whatever--so that it stays 'legal'. Always bad--who knows what's in it. Then it's sold in tobacco shops and some party stores for a large amount of money. It's called 'incence'. Please understand how dangerous this stuff is--this grandmother, truly an enabler who thought this couldn't happen to her but was frightened enough to buy a gun, felt that she had to protect herself. She was absolutely scared to death--but the enabler said, 'no, this is Jonathan, he's a beautiful person". Jonathan was NOT himself--I understand this--he was in the grip of the damn K2 or Spice!! Please wake up, people!!! Your children are at risk!! If Jonathan can help one person save their child, his death will not be in vain!!! Alan and Ronelle, I know I sound like a nut, but, darn it, I've been there and done it. If I can reach one person, I will feel better. I wish some one had done this for me.
MIchelle May 24, 2012 at 01:00 AM
If only walls could talk. Teenagers can be perfect to others but to those who are in charge of parenting them, they are often quite awful. Why? Because they want to live by their own rules. If they get involved with drugs, a real nightmare can emerge in the household. Stop assuming that all of you know what this teenager was like at home.
Claire May 26, 2012 at 05:58 AM
So Granny was scared of her grandson and shot him again several times in cold blood while he was speaking to 911. I think Granny's cellmates are going to be a lot scarier, and she won't have a semi-automatic for protection.
Janice Henry July 19, 2012 at 05:28 PM
If "Grandma and Grandpa" were scared enough to purchase a firearm to premeditate murder on their grandson, incase he got out of control, why would they agree to have him live with them? I listened to the 911 taping and this 17 yr old child, he was sitting and begging for help as his grandmother shot him in the stomach. This boy did not sound like a threat to her at that moment. Even if he was on drugs, why couldn't she just call the police? why did she have to go for a gun instead of the phone??? He was shot 8 times!!! sounds like hate to me!This story is so heart breaking.
Krista August 02, 2012 at 03:47 AM
I'm a mother of a 16 year old son, and by all means I know he's not perfect as no one person in this world is perfect. I could never imagine myself or my mother and father going to buy a gun in fear of him and what is actions are. If I found out that my son was doing drugs and this "k-2" there are other actions that I would take to get my point across about how wrong it is, never would I point a gun at my son to make that point. There is counseling, intervention and by god, better parenting skills. I understand that his partners were out of town with a sick child, but as a punishment, the grandparents could've used that against him as well. Like I said as a mother of a teenage son, what teenager would of wanted to move away from his friends that far into high school. Then the mention of an alternative school, my son went to an alternative school last year, does that mean he would deserve to be shot and to be labeled as a bad kid? No!!! It meant he made a bad or some bad choices, and now he needs to make amends and get back on the right path. As for the grandma, I'm sorry there is never any excuse for shooting your grandchild 1 time, let alone 8. Pick up the phone and call 911. That's what they are there for. To protect and serve. for all you people making excuses and for believing that she had fear of this 17 year old child should be ashamed of yourself and I hope that your children don't think like you do.
Krista August 02, 2012 at 06:36 AM
An also to those that are defending the grandma, would it still be accectepable if that were your kid and your parent doing the shooting and killed your child?
Andrew Zapfe March 14, 2013 at 11:13 AM
That poor kid was already shot in the arm and chest,and was sitting up in agony and fear on the phone with 911,and just when he gets calmed down grandma comes in and shoots him in the stomach, his cries for help and begging not to die are heartbreaking and sickening,shot a total of 8 times,3 of them just as the police arrived and heard them,loving grandma could have left the house,called the police,but her dying 17 yr old grandson already had so she shot him again in the stomach the most painful place to be shot,she knew she was going to kill him,8 shots from a Glock says it all,and then she smiles in one of the courtroom photos,premeditated and sickening.
Andrew Zapfe March 14, 2013 at 11:19 AM
PS She wanted him dead,that's the only reason to shoot someone 8 times MY GOD!!


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