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Toledo man begins life sentence for killing mother

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A Toledo man begins a life sentence in prison Monday or killing his own mother. Moments before he left the courtroom, he apologized, blaming drugs for the violent crime.

Anthony Bertolina will spend life in prison for killing his mother Mary Jo. In court he said his heroin addiction fueled his motivation for brutally stabbing his mother.

The crime happened December 8 at Mary Jo Bertolina's home in South Toledo. She was a long time Toledo Blade employee and had recently let her son back into her home after losing his job and trying to deal with his addiction.

Bertolina pleaded guilty to stabbing his mother to death. The life sentence is part of a plea deal.

He briefly addressed the court, saying he takes full responsibility for the crime but wants people to realize how serious heroin addiction can be.

He will be eligible for his first parole hearing in 30 years.

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