Trooper Gets 2 Years In Time Sheet Case

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A former Vermont State Police sergeant who pleaded guilty to charges he padded his timesheets is going to prison for up to two years and will repay $202,000 from his state pension.

James Deeghan entered the pleas to four charges Monday as part of an agreement with prosecutors. He was taken into custody at the close of the hearing.

In court, Deeghan said he had been under "tremendous" financial pressures. He also said he hoped people don’t hold state police responsible for what he did.

The money will come from his state police pension. The Burlington Free Press is reporting it will take about six years to repay the money.

Judge Brian Grearson called it a sad day for Deeghan, his family, state police and Vermonters.

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