Elderly man paroled on crack charges
PITTSBURGH (AP) —An 80-yearold man convicted of dealing crack cocaine was paroled Thursday after spending three nights in jail.
Felix Cocco, a Second World War veteran from Pittsburgh, sold crack cocaine from his house and gave some of the drugs to prostitutes in exchange for sex, his lawyer said.
Cocco pleaded guilty in July to possessing cocaine with intent to deliver.
A judge sentenced him Monday to six to 18 months in jail but indicated he was willing to consider a parole petition from the defence.
Defence lawyer Martha Bailor argued her client should be spared jail because he suffers from an aortic aneurysm. Cocco is scheduled to have vascular surgery in January, she said.
Cocco will wear an ankle bracelet so authorities can monitor his activities, police said.
Police said Cocco had been dealing drugs for nearly a year when he was arrested in November, and was caught dealing again in February. Officers said they seized crack cocaine, a digital scale and packaging materials.