BOSTON (AP) - A former Massachusetts state trooper convicted of threatening a gambler who owed thousands of dollars to a bookie cooperating with investigators has been sentenced to almost 3 ½ years in federal prison.
John Analetto, who was fired in June after a 19-year career, was convicted in May of extortion charges.
But prosecutors say the 49-year-old Analetto had a history of threatening behavior and had abused his authority as a police officer numerous times in the past. The prosecutors said in court that Analetto thought himself "untouchable."
His lawyer said his client's actions were just bravado brought on by alcohol abuse and a gambling addiction.
Aanaletto apolohized in court Thursday for letting down his family, his country, his profession and his colleagues.
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