All most parents want to do is be supportive and care for their children,
no matter how old they are or what types of issues that child may have.
In the case of one Pennsylvania mother, her instinct to fill her son's
request has resulted in her facing a prison term in the wake of
gun charges. The woman had willingly cooperated with officials, but she is still being
held accountable for a crime after she was convicted late last year. The
media report did not indicate if she was convicted on all charges pending
against her or if prosecutors had offered a plea bargain prior to trial.
The sentence of two to up to six years was recently imposed by a judge
after she was deemed guilty of allowing her adult son access to
firearms that he was not allowed to possess. The man had been said to suffer from
mental illness, and as such, he was forbidden to own weapons. However,
the woman admitted to giving her son the guns.
The man has since been sentenced to a life term after shooting and killing
a music provider in a local bar. He reportedly used the weapons he obtained
from his mother, having asked for the guns in order to allow an acquaintance
to inspect them. The third party was purportedly interested in purchasing
the guns. Later that same evening, the man is said to have had a dispute
with a female friend and used the firearms in a multiple shooting in the bar.
Now, this 61 year-old mother and grandmother is going to prison, at least
for a while. In every criminal case, the defense team typically scrutinizes
the evidence that Pennsylvania prosecutors intend to use at trial and
compare it to the specific elements of the charged crimes which the prosecution
must prove in court. In this case, this woman apparently decided that
proceeding to trial was the best choice for her in this particular circumstance.
Each person accused of a crime has the right to determine how they choose
to defend against the criminal charges, and some opt to pursue negotiations
for a plea agreement as a means of potentially limiting the consequences
that normally follow a conviction.
Source: wtae.com, "Pa. mother gets 2 to 6 years for providing weapons", , March 28, 2014