A suspended Massachusetts state trooper was convicted of extortion in federal court. At his trial, a former bookie testified that the trooper, John M. Analetto, brutally mistreated him after lending him money (Source: The Boston Herald).
More information about the bookie’s testimony here and here:
“He said he would have no problem killing me if he had to. The guy’s a (expletive) animal,” said Robert Russo of Arlington, who claims he quit the gambling life on Jan. 2, 2012, two days after federal agents put Analetto behind bars.
Russo, 34, recalled over nearly five hours on the witness stand how he was suicidal, weighed 350 pounds and was hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt in the summer of 2011 when Analetto, 49, of Belmont — and “the first and only” cop he’d ever had as a customer — stepped out from behind his betting alter ego “Big Red” and said, “ ‘What if I offer to help you?’ “ Russo said. “That’s kind of how the ball got rolling.”
Analetto, he said, fronted him $24,000 in cash to be partners. The officer demanded payments of $500 a week, plus a 20-percent cut of Russo’s commission, and insisted on using bizarre code words like “fish” to mean money. Within weeks, Russo testified their relationship took a “brutal” turn.
“There was no rest with him. Every conversation was him yelling at me and belittling me,” he said. “He wanted things his way. He was basically controlling me. I was his puppet.”
Update (10/12/13): Analetto has been sentenced to 41 months in prison. The Boston Globe reports:
Analetto, a veteran of more than 19 years, was sentenced in federal court in Boston on Thursday to 41 months in a federal prison for extorting a payment from a gambler in a threatening phone call in 2011 that was captured on video and played for jurors in his trial in May.
“I’d appreciate it if you started calling the right people and doing the right thing, or 2012 ain’t going to be too good for you,” he said in the call, ending with “capice?”
The jury that found Analetto guilty on the extortion charge did not convict him of a second charge of threatening a bookie who owed him money, and the charge was dismissed.
But US District Court Judge George A. Toole Jr. said he was considering all of the allegations against the former trooper, as well as a history of internal affairs complaints against him for threatening behavior, in handing out the sentence.
“The offense is a serious offense, by whomever committed it,” O’Toole said, saying he was handing out the sentence so that, “the public should respect the law in seeing it vindicated, by punishing the offender.”
He also ordered Analetto to pay a $7,500 fine and to serve two years of probation after his release from prison, under conditions that he undergo drug and alcohol treatment, and gambling treatment and that he stay away from victims in the case. Analetto has been in prison since his arrest on New Year’s Eve in 2011.
Analetto had faced 33 to 41 months under sentencing guidelines. His lawyer, Daniel W. O’Malley, asked O’Toole to set a sentence within the guidelines, saying his client was remorseful for his crimes.