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Grucci Kin Admits Shooting Grandson In L.I. Home

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RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (AP) – A member of “America’s first family of fireworks” has admitted he shot and wounded his grandson during a dispute at their Long Island home.

Joseph Grucci pleaded guilty Wednesday to second-degree assault in Suffolk County Court in Riverhead. He admitted shooting his 20-year-old grandson during an argument last month over noise at their Bellport home.

The grandson, who is recovering at a hospital, has reportedly told prosecutors he doesn’t want his grandfather jailed. A judge said Grucci may receive probation when he is sentenced March 15.

The 70-year-old is a cousin of Felix Grucci Jr., a former congressman and executive at Fireworks By Grucci. Joseph Grucci has no role in the company, which is famous worldwide for its pyrotechnics displays.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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