Man arraigned in death of 95-year-old grandmother

September 15, 2017 06:13 PM

Kevin Gonyea was arraigned Friday on seven counts, including second-degree murder. Prosecutors say Gonyea killed his grandmother because he tired of caring for her and wanted to move back to Florida.

He looked far different on Friday than back in July. Gone are Gonyea's long, gray locks, but the charges remain. Seven counts in all, including second-degree murder.

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Police and prosecutors say Gonyea used a towel to strangle his 95-year-old grandmother, Leona Twiss, at the Fort Ann home where he and his wife were living with, and caring for her.

Gonyea's attorney entered a not guilty plea on all counts as he was arraigned before Judge Kelly McKeighan.

The district attorney says Gonyea isn't talking about a motive.

"I would submit it was just a selfish act, because he wanted to go home and the question posed by many is well then, why not just go back to Florida. Unfortunately, that's something we'll probably never know the answer to is why he took this selfish, horrible step," noted Washington County District Attorney Tony Jordan.

The judge sent Gonyea to jail without bail. His wife, Melissa, who is facing eight counts, including tampering with evidence, is also being held at the Washington County Jail.


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