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MAN WHO SHOT HIS MOTHER IN SCUFFLE GETS 4 TO 12 YEARS

A LaSalle Avenue man who inadvertently shot his mother when he was trying to shoot someone else during a friend's funeral Mass was sentenced Wednesday to four to 12 years in prison.

Travis Birdsong, 22, who pleaded guilty in August to felony gun and drug-trafficking charges, apologized to his mother, Verna Kennedy, after he was sentenced by State Supreme Court Justice Richard Kloch.

Birdsong has been in jail since his arrest following the April 24 shooting at St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church on Northampton Street.

Just before the start of a late-morning Mass for Birdsong's friend Thomas Graham, 19, he pulled out a handgun when he apparently saw a man ordered to stay away from the funeral. Kennedy grabbed for the gun and was shot in the thigh as she struggled with her son, Gresham said.

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