NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — A former Massachusetts police chief acquitted of manslaughter after an 8-year-old fatally shot himself with an Uzi has been hospitalized following his conviction on unrelated firearms offenses.

The Daily Hampshire Gazette reports Pelham Chief Edward Fleury was taken to the hospital Friday after he failed to take his insulin medication. It came just hours before he was slated to appear in court for his sentencing. It has been rescheduled for Wednesday.

A jury on Thursday found Fleury guilty of 12 counts of improperly storing a firearm and not guilty of 10 others. Investigators in 2014 say they found 22 unsecured guns in his home.

In 2011, Fleury was acquitted in the 2008 death of Christopher Bizilj, of Ashford, Connecticut, at a gun show his firearms training company organized


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  1. “Ex-Chief in Uzi Death Case Hospitalized; Sentencing Delayed”

    I love how the headline implies that he is now finally being sentenced for the kid’s accidental death nearly a decade ago (at a show for which he was a sponsor and later found not guilty of anything).

    The irony here? He actually *is* going to be sentenced for that supposed crime. People still blame him and hate him for that child’s unfortunate death. It’s not supposed to work that way, but sometimes that’s exactly how the law works. Terrible, but true.

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