Haverstraw Man Claiming Ambien Defense Gets 20 Years To Life

38 Year-old Haverstraw resident, Nixon Bourguignon who was convicted of second-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend Shannon Coleman last year, was seen in Rockland County Court today and sentenced to 20 years to life in prison. Bourguignon infamously blamed the sleep medication, Ambien as the cause for his violent actions, claiming he didn’t know or remember what he was doing. When it was revealed that Coleman wanted to end their relationship, Prosecutor Dominic Crispino portrayed Bourguinon as a dangerous, jilted lover as he repeatedly strangled Coleman to death in their apartment with their children sleeping in a nearby bedroom. Supreme Court Justice William Kelly heard pleas from Coleman’s siblings at the sentencing however did not grant the maximum punishment due to Bourguignon’s clean record and good standing. While addressing the court, he said, “I am sorry that I took her away from everybody. I hate myself. I wish every day I could switch places with Shannon. I love Shannon very much.”

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