El­derly man paroled on crack charges

Saskatoon StarPhoenix - - World -

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.

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