Nicole Addimando, a mother from Poughkeepsie, New York, who was convicted of murdering her abusive boyfriend in 2017, has been released from prison.
Addimando was sentenced to 19 years to life in 2019 after being found guilty of killing Christopher Grover, the father of her children, in self-defence. Her sentence was appealed under the Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act.
Due to her participation in a prison program that trains service dogs for veterans and first responders, and the appeal under the Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act, her sentence was reduced. Sullivan and Cromwell LLC reported her early release.
“We Stand With Nikki,” an advocacy group for Addimando, expressed their joy at her return home. The group highlighted her early release, made possible by her involvement in the dog training program.
The New York State Supreme Court’s Appellate Division acknowledged Addimando as a survivor, leading to her resentencing. The advocacy group thanked all those who supported Addimando, including legal assistance from Garrard Beeney and Sullivan and Cromwell, as well as national support.
Addimando’s defence stated she shot Grover in self-defence after he threatened her with a gun. Witnesses, including police and medical professionals, testified about the severe abuse she suffered. Evidence of the abuse was also found on Pornhub, as claimed by the defence.
Reflecting on her situation, Addimando expressed her dilemma of survival versus freedom. Her sister has written a book titled “Dear Sister,” detailing the family’s efforts for Addimando’s freedom, set to be released soon.
For anyone affected by domestic violence, resources are available through the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE or by texting “START” to 88788.
Her interview in Jail with ABC 20/20