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by Paul on 08/03/07 at 01:29 PM ET
from the AP via NJ.com,
A former state trooper who admitted to running a sports betting ring with a retired hockey star was sentenced Friday to five years in state prison.
While retired NHL player Rick Tocchet was the big name in the case, the trooper, James Harney, was the biggest catch for authorities….
Harney met Tocchet in the 1990s when Tocchet was playing for the Philadelphia Flyers and Harney tended bar at a hotel frequented by athletes.
After retiring in 2002, Tocchet became Gretzky’s top assistant coach with the Phoenix Coyotes but was placed on indefinite leave from his job after he was charged.
Under state law, he could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison. But, as his lawyer emphasized, the crimes he pleaded guilty to usually do not result in incarceration for people who have had no other brushes with the law.
Authorities would not say whether they would request jail time when he is sentenced on Aug. 17.
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