Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Woman Who Gave Gun to Son Gets Time Behind Bars

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Woman Who Gave Gun to Son Gets Time Behind Bars

Article excerpt

Gloria Mazzocco knew that her 25-year-old son wasn't allowed to possess firearms stemming from a previous mental health commitment.

But in his bedroom in her North Fayette home -- soon after David Mazzocco shot three people at the Fort Pitt Inn, killing one -- investigators found thousands of rounds of ammunition in plain view, and an unlocked gun safe containing a shotgun.

More than that, they learned that Gloria Mazzocco, now 61, gave him two of the handguns he took with him that night of March 11, 2013.

One of them, a .45-caliber, was the gun used to kill James "Jamie" Adams.

Gloria Mazzocco was found guilty in a nonjury trial before Common Pleas Judge Anthony M. Mariani of Allegheny County in December of illegally transferring ownership of the guns.

On Thursday, she was sentenced to two to six years in prison.

"These two offenses she did commit have had a dramatic impact on the community in which she lives," the judge said. "There has to be consequence for that."

Judge Mariani gave the woman two weeks to report so she can get her personal affairs in order. She is the legal guardian for her twin granddaughters.

Eleanor Adams, the victim's mother, said after the sentencing she was satisfied.

"There's no happiness in this," she said. "I can identify. I was a mother. I'm older. I can't believe that it was under her nose and she allowed it."

Police said that David Mazzocco asked his mother for the guns earlier that day so he could show them to a neighbor interested in buying them.

But that night, David Mazzocco got into an argument with his girlfriend. He was in the bar, walked out to his truck and returned with three weapons.

In addition to Adams' slaying, Joseph Quirk was severely injured and blinded, and Gerald Maroni was shot in the shoulder trying to subdue David Mazzocco in the North Fayette tavern.

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