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A Hartford City mother whose 15-year-old son took a handgun to Blackford High School was sentenced Tuesday to four years in prison.

Staci R. Williams, 40, had acknowledged to investigators she was aware her son had a firearm, but never discussed the matter with him.

The boy – who had been in trouble related to guns before – took the weapon to the high school on Oct. 30, resulting a lock down and a delay in dismissal of students that day.

The judge told Williams she had “failed” as a parent, and in the process “placed every child who was attending Blackford High School in danger.”

Bade also told the defendant he found it “hard to believe you’ve been much of a positive influence in (her son’s) life.”

The judge said in addition to counseling for substance abuse she is likely to receive in prison, Williams should pursue any parenting classes made available to her.

Defense attorney Aaron Henderson said his client had relapsed on meth at the time of the incident.

Henderson suggested Williams receive a two-year sentence followed by two years on probation.

The Hartford City woman won’t begin serving the sentence imposed Tuesday until she completes a one-year term recently imposed for a probation violation in a Jay County drug-dealing case.
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