avoids jail, only probation in gambling case
Former NHL All-Star player
Rick Tocchet was sentenced to two years of probation for
participation in a gambling ring.
Tocchet, the former NHL All-Star and Phoenix Coyotes assistant
coach, was sentenced today to two years of probation for his
part in the illegal gambling ring. Tocchet plead guilty in May
to conspiring in a gambling operation with a former NJ state
trooper James Harney. The gambling ring took more than a million
in bets, mostly from celebrities and athletes.
The statement from the Attorney General
Anne Milgram read: "Today's sentence reflects the fact that
Mr. Tocchet is a first-time offender. But make no mistake, he is
paying a heavy price for his foray into the world of illegal
bookmaking. He must now live with the stigma and consequences of
being a convicted felon.''
The legal team of Rick Tocchet published
the following statement: "While Rick Tocchet does not in any
way wish to diminish the seriousness of his conduct, he believes
that the sentence, a sentence virtually required by the terms of
the deal agreed to by the state, appropriately reflects his
level of culpability. Mr. Tocchet is deeply sorry for the
embarrassment his actions have brought to the NHL, his family
James Harney, the state trooper, was
sentenced to five years in prison in early August, after
pleading guilty to the illegal gambling charges. A third man
involved in the betting conspiracy, James Ulmer, also plead
guilty and will be sentenced on August 24th.
Published on 08/16/2007