EASTON, Pa. (AP) — An eastern Pennsylvania man has pleaded no contest to having illegally provided a handgun to his mentally ill son who later shot and killed a sheriff's deputy.
Seventy-two-year-old Maurice Connor of Albany Township entered the plea Wednesday during his retrial in Northampton County Court, where the proceedings were moved following a mistrial in Berks County Court.
Jurors were on a break when Connor entered the no contest plea, in which a defendant acknowledges that prosecutors have enough evidence to convict. Other charges including illegal sale of a firearm and conspiracy were dismissed.
Prosecutors said Connor gave a handgun and $200 for a rifle to 25-year-old Matthew Connor, a convicted felon who later killed deputy sheriff Kyle Pagerly and was killed himself in a June 2011 exchange of gunfire with authorities.