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Western Pa. mother sentenced to 2 to 6 years for providing weapon son used in slaying

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PITTSBURGH — The mother of a western Pennsylvania man serving a life term in a shooting that killed one man and injured two others has been sentenced to two to six years in prison for illegally providing him with the weapon.

Gloria Mazzocco, 61, of Imperial, knew that David Mazzocco, 26, wasn't allowed to have a gun because of his mental problems but transferred two handguns to him anyway, prosecutors said. She was convicted in December and sentenced on Thursday.

David Mazzocco was convicted of first-degree murder, attempted homicide and aggravated assault in the March 2013 shootings inside the Fort Pitt Inn that killed 29-nine-year-old karaoke DJ James Adams.

Police said he had asked his mother for the guns earlier that day so he could show them to a neighbor interested in buying them, but that night, he argued with his girlfriend in a bar, went out to his truck and returned with three weapons.

Defense attorney Mark Sindler sought probation so Gloria Mazzocco could continue to care for her grandchildren. He also said his client probably would not have been charged had she not spoken to police to try to help them that night.

"She was truly trying to help the police in a time of crisis in that community," he said.

Allegheny Common Pleas Judge Anthony Mariani said he didn't believe the defendant was a danger to the community but she must be held responsible for her actions.

"She handed him the very weapon he used to murder," he said. "The danger in this case is severe. It is attributable to Ms. Mazzocco's conduct."

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