Man convicted of murder in second trial

Man convicted of murder in second trial

There are 15 comments on the Newsday story from Jul 9, 2007, titled Man convicted of murder in second trial. In it, Newsday reports that:

A Monroe County jury found 41-year-old Paul Linnan guilty of second-degree murder in the August 2001 death of 46-year-old Donna Marie Sokolski in their Rochester home.

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exislander

Charlestown, NH

#1 Jul 10, 2007
Linnan's defense attorney claimed he so drunk that he didn't know he was murdering someone? Pathetic. He chose to get drunk. Lock him up for life. He is a menace to Society...
joe

Buffalo, NY

#2 Sep 12, 2007
i would like to find the story somewhere i grew up with him
Amy

New York, NY

#3 Jun 18, 2010
He was so drunk and high on crack. The victim attacked him with the roofing hatchet. Did he use excessive force in defending himself? ABSOLUTELY! Does he deserve to be locked up for 25 years? NO. This was self defense. Clearly a manslaughter case not a murder. He didn't plan it, she did. If it wasn't her, it was going to be him. He's in Attica serving 25 to life. Ridiculous!
Ashlee

Waverly, NY

#4 Dec 9, 2013
@amy it wasn't self defense this here was my aunt he killed her for money for his drug habit and she wouldn't give it to him so how is that ridiculous
Ashlee

Waverly, NY

#5 Dec 9, 2013
after he killed her he was selling all of her things he took he car and placed it else where if it was self defense he wouldn't have had to hide her care and he wouldn't have sold her things.so yes he deserves what he got.
Ashlee

Waverly, NY

#6 Dec 10, 2013
Amy wrote:
He was so drunk and high on crack. The victim attacked him with the roofing hatchet. Did he use excessive force in defending himself? ABSOLUTELY! Does he deserve to be locked up for 25 years? NO. This was self defense. Clearly a manslaughter case not a murder. He didn't plan it, she did. If it wasn't her, it was going to be him. He's in Attica serving 25 to life. Ridiculous!
And she never attacked him with the roofing hatchet like you he was high he needed money and she wouldn't give it. know the whole story before you make ridiculous and nonsense statements.
Ashlee

Waverly, NY

#7 Dec 10, 2013
Amy wrote:
He was so drunk and high on crack. The victim attacked him with the roofing hatchet. Did he use excessive force in defending himself? ABSOLUTELY! Does he deserve to be locked up for 25 years? NO. This was self defense. Clearly a manslaughter case not a murder. He didn't plan it, she did. If it wasn't her, it was going to be him. He's in Attica serving 25 to life. Ridiculous!
ROCHESTER, N.Y.(AP)- A man who had his first conviction overturned was found guilty in his second trial on charges that he killed his girlfriend with a roofing hatchet.

A Monroe County jury found 41-year-old Paul Linnan guilty of second-degree murder in the August 2001 death of 46-year-old Donna Marie Sokolski in their Rochester home.

Linnan's initial conviction was overturned last year. A five-judge appeals panel ruled that Monroe County Court Judge Frank Geraci Junior erred during the first trial when he refused to dismiss a prospective juror who didn't assure the court she could be fair or impartial.

Linnan's defense claimed that he was so intoxicated by alcohol and drugs during the slaying that he couldn't form the legally required intent to commit murder.

Linnan told police that he killed his girlfriend because she refused to give him money to buy crack cocaine.

Linnan has been in custody during the re-trial.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

After reading it tell me were it says anything about Self Defense
DiamondDaisy

Rochester, NY

#8 Dec 10, 2013
A roofing hatchet? You could hurt a person with one of those.
Drunk white

Jacksonville, NC

#9 Dec 10, 2013
Beer is everywhere...I was bored
Lisa

New York, NY

#10 Mar 10, 2014
From what I understand the girlfriend (victim) started him on his crack addiction and then used the crack to control him. She certainly didn't deserve to die but it does seem to me to be an argument that went too far on both sides. I don't believe that he premeditated her death in any way. If I were involved in a huge domestic altercation and I ended up killing someone, I would try to get as much cash as I could get together to get out of town. I doubt he killed her for her car and tv. It seems more reasonable that this was an argument that got way out of control and he panicked and took what he could and ran. Just my opinion. I am sorry for the family's loss. I think he should have gotten manslaughter.
mindy

Rochester, NY

#11 May 8, 2015
Lisa wrote:
From what I understand the girlfriend (victim) started him on his crack addiction and then used the crack to control him. She certainly didn't deserve to die but it does seem to me to be an argument that went too far on both sides. I don't believe that he premeditated her death in any way. If I were involved in a huge domestic altercation and I ended up killing someone, I would try to get as much cash as I could get together to get out of town. I doubt he killed her for her car and tv. It seems more reasonable that this was an argument that got way out of control and he panicked and took what he could and ran. Just my opinion. I am sorry for the family's loss. I think he should have gotten manslaughter.
I was on the jury and he did in fact have the intent to kill. The amt of Crack he had that night was not enough to impair his judgement
Thomas Johnson

Rochester, NY

#12 May 8, 2015
Whites always get off. There's not even a picture of the guy on the net. The just hide all the white murders as if they didn't happen.
The daughter left behind

Rochester, NY

#13 Aug 8, 2016
Amy wrote:
He was so drunk and high on crack. The victim attacked him with the roofing hatchet. Did he use excessive force in defending himself? ABSOLUTELY! Does he deserve to be locked up for 25 years? NO. This was self defense. Clearly a manslaughter case not a murder. He didn't plan it, she did. If it wasn't her, it was going to be him. He's in Attica serving 25 to life. Ridiculous!
You clearly didn't read the story. He was so drink and high on crack, and could get anymore money to get high with. So while she was sleep in the bed he beat her in the head with a roofing hatchet. Oh yeah the part they didn't telling on the news it that he stayed in the house with her for three days selling everything out the home to get high. The first time (day 1) I came to the house he saying me for $10 to get high with yes after he murdered my mother. He asked me for money! The second time same day he told me that he would tell her to call me He Promise. Maybe he did I'm not sure she heard him though. The next time (day two) he walked around following me, and ran when I got to the bedroom when I sat on the bed. I didn't notice that she was laying right next to me because he through everything in the room on top of her. So I didn't find her . The last day we had to brake the doors down because he barricaded the doors so no one would come in. when I finial got to her she was rotten & swollen three times her size. You wrote this a long time ago so you probably forgot all about this. but I have 1 question! What's so Ridiculous about 25 to life?
The daughter left behind

Rochester, NY

#14 Aug 8, 2016
Lisa wrote:
From what I understand the girlfriend (victim) started him on his crack addiction and then used the crack to control him. She certainly didn't deserve to die but it does seem to me to be an argument that went too far on both sides. I don't believe that he premeditated her death in any way. If I were involved in a huge domestic altercation and I ended up killing someone, I would try to get as much cash as I could get together to get out of town. I doubt he killed her for her car and tv. It seems more reasonable that this was an argument that got way out of control and he panicked and took what he could and ran. Just my opinion. I am sorry for the family's loss. I think he should have gotten manslaughter.
You clearly didn't read the story. He was so drink and high on crack, and could get anymore money to get high with. So while she was sleep in the bed he beat her in the head with a roofing hatchet. Oh yeah the part they didn't telling on the news it that he stayed in the house with her for three days selling everything out the home to get high. The first time (day 1) I came to the house he saying me for $10 to get high with yes after he murdered my mother. He asked me for money! The second time same day he told me that he would tell her to call me He Promise. Maybe he did I'm not sure she heard him though. The next time (day two) he walked around following me, and ran when I got to the bedroom when I sat on the bed. I didn't notice that she was laying right next to me because he through everything in the room on top of her. So I didn't find her . The last day we had to brake the doors down because he barricaded the doors so no one would come in. when I finial got to her she was rotten & swollen three times her size. You wrote this a long time ago so you probably forgot all about this. This is the Facts no my opinion.
gina

Rochester, NY

#15 Sep 9, 2016
mindy wrote:
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I was on the jury and he did in fact have the intent to kill. The amt of Crack he had that night was not enough to impair his judgement
Thank you for all you did. After having to hear and see all of the details.

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