Former state trooper John Analetto sentenced to 41 months in prison for extortion plot

A former Massachusetts state trooper was sentenced today in federal court in Boston to 41 months in prison for an extortion plot that involved threatening a gambler who owed money to an acquaintance of the trooper.

John M. Analetto, 49, must also pay a $7,500 fine, and must serve two years of probation after his release from prison, under conditions that he undergo drug and alcohol abuse treatment, and gambling treatment, and that he stay away from victims in the case.

US District Court Judge George A. O’Toole Jr. said he was considering Analetto’s position as a police officer as well as a history of internal affairs complaints against him in handing out the sentence.

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“The offense is a serious offense, by whomever committed it,” O’Toole said. He said he was meting out the punishment so “the public should respect the law.”

Analetto had faced 33 months to 41 months in prison under federal sentencing guidelines, but asked that he serve more — five years — because of his authority as a police officer.

A 19-year State Police veteran, Analetto has been in prison since his arrest on New Year’s Eve in 2011. He was accused of extorting money from a bookmaker who owed him money, as well as threatening a gambler who owed the bookmaker a debt.

After a trial in May, he was convicted of threatening the gambler. However, the jury did not reach a verdict on the other count of extorting the bookmaker.

He was placed on administrative leave after his arrest and was fired in June.