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Mass. state trooper convicted of extortion

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A Massachusetts state trooper was convicted in federal court Friday of extortion for threatening a gambler who owed their fellow bookie more than $3,000 in debts.

John M. Analetto, 49, of Belmont, a trooper for more than 20 years, remained silent but shook his head in apparent disappointment as the jury rendered its verdict and for several minutes thereafter. His family members and friends sat quietly.

After deliberating for more than eight hours, the jury was hung, however, on a second count of extortion, known as Count One, and US District Court Judge George A. O’Toole Jr. declared a mistrial on that charge. Prosecutors will decide whether to bring that charge to trial again. A hearing is scheduled for Thursday.

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