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Former Cop Gets Two Years In Prison In East Haven Case
Former East Haven police officer Jason Zullo enters U.S. District Court… (HARTFORD — After defiantly telling a federal judge he was not a "bully with a badge" and declaring that he was taught to keep secrets, former East Haven police officer Jason Zullo was sentenced Monday to two years in prison in a case that stemmed from a civil rights probe of the department.
U.S. District Court Judge Alvin Thompson disregarded sentencing guidelines, which called for a sentence of 10 to 16 months, and gave Zullo the maximum sentence allowed under a plea agreement with federal officials.
Before the sentence was levied, Zullo, who pleaded guilty to one count of obstruction of justice for filing a false police report after a vehicular chase of a motorcyclist, told the judge "he was a street cop in a tough town" who saved lives.
In his short speech, Zullo tacitly acknowledged that he filed a false report following the arrest of Robert Salatto, who claimed that Zullo rammed Salatto's motorcycle repeatedly with his police cruiser until both Salatto and his female passenger fell and were injured, because of how he was taught by fellow officers.