Rintala’s lawyer asks for reduced conviction

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The lawyer for a Granby woman who killed her wife and was sentenced to life in prison, asked a judge to reduce her conviction.

In October a jury found Cara Rintala guilty of killing her wife Annamarie Cochrane Rintala back in 2010. This was Cara Rintala’s third trial, after two mistrials.  Her attorney, David Hoose told 22News it’s not rare to ask a judge to reduce a sentence, but it is rare for a judge to actually hold a hearing on that motion, which happened in Hampden Superior Court on Monday.

“It’s the first time I’ve ever gotten a hearing on one, but this is an unusual case I think the judge has taken it very seriously I look forward to whatever she decides to do,” said Attorney Hoose.

Hoose told 22News the judge has the authority to grant a new trial, or reduce a conviction down to manslaughter or 2nd degree murder. A reduced conviction would come with less prison time.

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