Woman sentenced to 8 months in Newtown fraud case

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Updated: Tue, 15 Oct 2013 06:16:51 EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A New York City woman who posed as the aunt of a boy killed in the Newtown, Conn., elementary school shooting massacre has been sentenced to eight months in prison. Nouel Alba pleaded guilty in June to federal charges of wire fraud and making false statements. Alba sought probation. Prosecutors said she deserved at least a year in prison. Authorities say Alba made up details to solicit donations for a funeral fund on behalf of 6-year-old Noah Pozner's family and the families of other victims of the shooting, in which a gunman killed 20 children and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Tuesday's sentencing followed emotional testimony from Mark Mattioli, father of 6-year-old James Mattioli. He says Alba's crimes were disgusting and added to his feeling of victimization.

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