A Massachusetts state trooper has been suspended without pay after being charged with extortion for allegedly going into business with a bookmaker, demanding a lifetime share of the profits and then threatening to kill him.
John Analetto is accused of beating and repeatedly threatening to kill the bookie, who later went to the FBI, became a confidential witness and wore a recording device.
The 48-year-old Analetto was arrested Saturday in Belmont, where he lives. He has been a state trooper for nearly 20 years.
Analetto made a brief appearance in federal court Tuesday. His lawyer said "the situation is not as it appears," but would not comment further.
A spokesman said state police are "disgusted" by Analetto's alleged actions.
Analetto is being held in federal custody. A bail hearing is scheduled Friday.
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