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Father of Sandy Hook Victim Offered Plea Deal

Thursday, May 9, 2013  |  Updated 3:48 PM EDT
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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 21: Neil Heslin, father of Newtown shooting victim Jesse Lewis, 6, speaks out for gun reform at a press conference on March 21, 2013 in New York City. Heslin and other family members of Newtown victims were joined by Vice President Joe Biden and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg at the city hall event. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

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The father of a child killed in December's shootings at Newtown's Sandy Hook Elementary School has been offered a 30-day sentence to resolve criminal charges he has faced since 2011.

The News-Times of Danbury reports (http://bit.ly/10umRGp ) that Neil Heslin of Shelton has until July 9 to accept the plea deal.

Heslin's case involves motor vehicle charges and allegations he issued bad checks to purchase building materials for his construction company.

Judge Frank Iannotti on Wednesday noted that Heslin has made restitution. Under the deal, Heslin would plead guilty only to driving with a suspended license.

Heslin and his attorney, public defender Bruce Weiant, declined comment.

Heslin has become an outspoken advocate for gun control since his son, Jesse Lewis, and 25 others were killed in Newtown on Dec. 14.  

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