A young Torrington man who police said killed his mother while they were arguing about him going to drug rehab has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.
Nicholas Hulme was arrested in November 2014 when he was found in Sleepy Hollow, New York, 80 miles away from the crime scene in Torrington.
He admitted to killing his mother, 49-year-old Wendy Hulme, after arguing for hours about his drug addiction, according to the arrest warrant.
Nicholas Hulme, who was 18 at the time of the crime, told police that he and his mother were driving to a drug rehab clinic in New York state the morning of Nov. 3, 2014 when they stopped for lunch in Newtown and he decided he didn't want to go, according to the warrant.
As Wendy Hulme turned the car around and headed back to Torrington with her son, the two began arguing over money and drugs, Nicholas Hulme allegedly told police.
They continued to argue after they got home, and Nicholas Hulme said "his mother came at him" and he grabbed her throat, choking her until she was unconscious, then "brought her to the floor," according to the warrant.
Nicholas Hulme then took his mother's car and bank card, withdrew $100 from an ATM and went to Waterbury to buy heroin and crack, police said. He took the drugs, then drove to through New York City, New Jersey, Bridgeport and Fairfield over the course of four days before ultimately arriving in Sleepy Hollow.
He was found with his mother's car at the Sleepy Hollow train station two days after police discovered Wendy Hulme's body in the bathroom of her third-floor apartment.
Police said Wendy Hulme's injuries appeared to indicate that she had been strangled, and the medical examiner determined that she was strangled.
Her mother, who reported Wendy and Nicholas Hulme missing on Nov. 5, told police Nicholas Hulme moved back home about three months ago and wanted his mother to pay off his drug dealer, according to the arrest warrant.
The victim's sister told police Wendy Hulme had left her home in recent weeks because her son had become violent, the warrant says. Law enforcement and government sources said Nicholas Hulme was already on juvenile parole at the time of the murder.
Nicholas Hulme has been sentenced to 30 years in prison, followed by 10 years of special probation.