- Associated Press - Monday, May 5, 2014

READING, Pa. (AP) - A man convicted of helping his son get a firearm found on the son’s body following a shootout that killed both the younger man and a deputy sheriff was sentenced Monday to six to 23 months in prison.

Maurice Connor, 73, of Albany Township pleaded no contest in March to providing a handgun to Matthew Connor, 25, a felon who wasn’t legally allowed to own firearms.

York County Senior Judge John Uhler allowed Maurice Connor on Monday to remain free until May 25 to allow time for the prison to make arrangements to meet his medical needs for severe asthma, The Reading Eagle reported (https://bit.ly/1ojRF54 ).

Authorities said Matthew Connor killed deputy sheriff Kyle Pagerly, 28, in 2011 after law enforcement officers tried to arrest Connor at his Albany Township home on burglary and weapons charges. Police said he fled into the woods and fired at officers and was himself killed in the exchange of gunfire.

State police said Maurice Connor told investigators that he gave the handgun to his son because he was living in a tent in the woods and wanted the weapon for protection.

Maurice Connor’s plea came amid a retrial in Northampton County Court, where the proceedings were moved following a mistrial in Berks County Court declared after a judge learned that five members of the jury had figured out that the weapons charges were connected to Pagerly’s death.


Information from: Reading Eagle, https://www.readingeagle.com/

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