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94-Year-Old Who Killed Two Neighbors Over Loud Stereo Gets 5

July 2, 1992


PHOENIX (AP) _ A 94-year-old man who killed two neighbors in a feud over the volume of their stereo was sentenced Wednesday to more than 5 years in prison.

Edward Mazy had been charged with first-degree murder, but in a deal with prosecutors he pleaded guilty in May to two counts of attempted murder.

Mazy shot Francine Ritter, 39, and Alfredo Centracchio, 49, last November in the trailer park where they lived. A defense investigator testified that Mazy and other trailer park residents had been bullied by the couple.

Hours before the shooting, police responded to a complaint by Mazy and asked Ritter to turn down her stereo. Neighbors said she raised the volume again after police left.

According to a police report, Mazy told authorities, ″I got old and decided to do it sometime or later. She had to pay for all the torture she put me through all these years.″

Mazy is partly deaf and confined to a wheelchair. Defense attorney Brad Bransky asked that he be given only probation, saying ″this is a very unique case.″

But Prosecutor Mike Morrison said despite the mitigating circumstances, Mazy knew what he was doing.

″The state is in agreement that the victims were less than model citizens,″ Morrison said. ″But he planned these killings, he thought about these killings, he was angry at these people.″

Morrison recommended a 5 1/4 -year sentence, which Superior Court Judge Robert Hertzberg imposed. Mazy could be eligible for parole in two years.

If convicted of the first-degree murder charges, Mazy could have faced the death penalty.

Mazy appeared somewhat confused as the judge sentenced him.

″I would like to get back to a normal life, get back home and where I left off,″ he said.

Mazy has been held since his arrest Nov. 10.

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