Court rules Washington County man who murdered grandma will stay in prison

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A man convicted of murdering his own grandmother in 2017 will stay behind bars.

Kevin Gonyea asked an appellate court to throw out his conviction for strangling 95-year-old Leona Twiss with a towel.

Gonyea argued his defense counsel was ineffective when he pled guilty to murder in 2018.

The appellate court disagreed – ruling Gonyea’s contention was without merit.

He will continue to serve 15 years to life in state prison.