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Eden man gets 23 years in prison for killing his mother

Chris Caya

An Eden man has been sentenced for fatally shooting his mother last year. 

The Erie County District Attorney's Office says Wayne Kozak, 50, was sentenced Wednesday to 23 years in prison followed by five years of post-incarceration supervision.  

"I can't comprehend anyone shooting their mother and, to be fair, the individual this morning, he had some medical issues, all right?" said Erie County District Attorney John Flynn.

Kozak pleaded guilty Oct. 1 to one count of first-degree manslaughter in the killing of Mary Kozak, 79, in Eden.  

Police responding to a home in Eden in April 2017 found the woman dead from a gunshot wound. Officials say she had been killed with a shotgun.  

Wayne Kozak was arrested by state police several hours later at an Erie, PA motel. Prosecutors have not publicly discussed a possible motive for the killing.

WBFO's Mike Desmond contributed to this story.

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