Virginia mother of child who shot teacher sentenced to 21 months in prison

USA: The mother of a six-year-old boy who shot his teacher in the US state of Virginia has been sentenced to 21 months in prison on a drug charge linked to the gun used in the attack.

Deja Taylor, 26, pleaded guilty in June to using cannabis while owning a firearm. She still faces sentencing on a state charge of felony child neglect.

Her son brought the gun to school on 6 January in Newport News and shot teacher Abby Zwerner, injuring her.

Ms Zwerner is suing for $40m (£32m).

After the shooting, investigators found roughly 1oz (28g) of cannabis in Taylor’s home.

While the drug is legal in many states, including Virginia, it is illegal to own a gun and be an active drug user.

Taylor reportedly wiped away tears in court as Judge Mark Davis handed down the full term requested by prosecutors on Wednesday evening.

“This case cries out for imprisonment,” he said.

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