Tocchet Gets Probation, Jail Time Unlikely
It seems that the Operation Slapshot saga is coming to an end…
Rick Tocchet was sentenced to two years probation earlier this morning in a New Jersey courtroom:
Former National Hockey League player and Phoenix Coyotes associate coach Rick Tocchet received his sentence on Friday morning, as he was convicted on third-degree conspiracy to promote gambling and third-degree promoting gambling.
Tocchet, who appeared in Superior Court on Friday morning in New Jersey as a first-time offender, received two years probation concurrently on each count and will not likely serve jail time.
Tocchet technically could have received up to five years in prison. However first-time offenders who plead guilty to third-degree crimes usually do not receive any jail time at all. New Jersey deputy attorney general Mark Eliades reaffirmed the notion during an interview outside of the courthouse after the sentencing.
Tocchet expressed his sorrow moments before his sentence was handed out:
“I’m sorry to the court, my family and friends I was involved in this.”
Former New Jersey state trooper James Harney, one of the other two men indicted as part of Operation Slapshot, was sentenced earlier this month to five years in prison. The third, James Ulmer, will find out his fate on August 24th.
The NHL has not yet decided whether or not Tocchet will be permitted to return to his position as assistant coach of the Phoenix Coyotes.
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