• Mass. trooper fired after extortion conviction


    BOSTON (AP) - A Massachusetts state trooper has been fired after being convicted of extorting money for a bookmaker.

    State Police Col. Timothy Alben announced Thursday that John Analetto had been given a dishonorable discharge on Wednesday.

    The Boston Globe reports that Analetto, of Belmont, had been a trooper for more than 20 years. Analetto was suspended after he was arrested in 2011 on two federal extortion charges.

    He was convicted in May of threatening a gambler who owed more than $3,000 to a bookie cooperating with investigators. The jury deadlocked on a second extortion charge.

    Trial evidence including secret recordings of Analetto discussing how he planned to threaten the gambler and making a threatening call to the man.

    Analetto faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced Sept. 10.

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