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Mom Jailed for Drunk Court Showing

April 4, 2000

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) _ A mother showed up at court Tuesday to be a character witness for her son, who was convicted of killing two women in a gang initiation, but was herself thrown in jail because she was drunk.

Francisco ``Paco″ Tirado, 18, convicted with a co-defendant Monday of first-degree murder, kidnapping and attempted murder, was in court Tuesday for a sentencing hearing. The same jury that convicted Tirado and Eric Queen, 21, will choose between life in prison or the death penalty.

On her way to testify, his mother, Alice Tirado, was stopped outside the courtroom by a deputy and submitted to an alcohol test, which revealed a blood-alcohol level of 0.27 percent, officials said. In North Carolina, 0.08 is considered intoxicated.

Tirado told the judge she had been drinking until 4 a.m. ``I haven’t slept in three days,″ she said.

Judge William Gore Jr. sent her to jail on a temporary commitment order and ordered mental counseling. She was ordered back to court Wednesday.

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