Prosecutors say Merle had stashed heroin and a loaded 9mm pistol in the couch at his Kensington home. His 4-year-old son, Javier Jr., found the gun in July 2011 after his father went outside during a dispute with neighbors.
Thomas Bellezza, 51, will spend 4¼-12 years behind bars after admitting he used a baseball bat to beat another man to death last year during a jealous rage over a former girlfriend.
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