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Woman convicted of killing ex-girlfriend

BRADENTON — A jury Friday found a Manatee woman guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting of her ex-girlfriend in a domestic dispute, according to the Manatee State Attorney’s Office.

Cynthia Monson, 51, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in the death of her ex-girlfriend, Patricia Thomas, in January 2009.

Monson’s defense attorneys argued she acted in self-defense as Thomas confronted Monson in her home.

Assistant State Attorney Art Brown said the most important piece of evidence in the case was a video showing Monson re-enacting the murder.

“Even though she claimed she was in fear ... she kept adjusting her arm so she could shoot her in the head. It really became clear that it was done with intent and not in self-defense,” Brown said.

The one-week trial wrapped up with jurors deliberating on a verdict for approximately two hours.

Monson and Thomas had been in an “intimate relationship” for more than 10 years, but had broken up just prior to the shooting, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office reports.

At the time of her arrest on Jan. 17, 2009, Monson told detectives she and Thomas had been arguing about their past relationship and custody of a child they adopted together.

Monson told detectives that she bought a gun Jan. 13 after several arguments with Thomas in the weeks prior to the shooting, evidence that she planned to shoot Thomas, prosecutors argued. Four days later Thomas arrived at Monson’s home, in the 6400 block of Second Avenue Northeast, and they argued.

The case has garnered national media attention as proceedings were recorded by the television show In Session, on TruTV, formally known as CourtTV, to be aired at a later date.

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