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Rockland County Jury Finds Garnerville Man Guilty Of Strangling Girlfriend

Nixon Bourguignon
Nixon Bourguignon Photo Credit: File photo

GARNERVILLE, N.Y. -- A Rockland County jury has found a Garnerville man guilty of strangling his girlfriend, according to reports.

Nixon Bourguignon, 28, was found guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Shannon Coleman. The jury rejected Bourguignon’s defense that he was under the influence of the sleep aid Ambien when he strangled Coleman in their Garnerville apartment in May 2014, News 12 said.

In the closing arguments, defense attorney David Goldstein said that Bourguignon killed Nelson with his hands but not his mind, because of the sleep aid News 12 said.

Assistant District Attorney Dominic Crispino told the jury that there was no evidence Bourguignon was under the influence of Ambien, News 12 reported.

Read the full News 12 story here .

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