A former New York City police officer was sentenced on Thursday to 40 months in prison in a gun smuggling case that ensnared active-duty and other former members of the Police Department.
The authorities said Mr. Trischitta was on payroll as a retired police officer when he transported firearms and stolen goods across state lines in 2010 and 2011. He was charged with 11 other people. All but one pleaded guilty.
“You betrayed not only fellow New Yorkers but your fellow officers, Judge William Pauley said. “This crime is horrible enough, but it’s compounded by the fact that you were a police officer.”
Trischitta’s lawyer Eric Franz begged the court for a downward departure from the guidelines, since Trischitta retired from the NYPD after 21 years in order to care for a severely disabled 17-year-old son.
Mr. Trischitta tearfully pleaded to the judge for leniency, saying that he got involved in the smuggling ring to be in the company of former cops who had worked with him in the 68th Precinct in Bay Ridge and not for the money.
“If your motive was simply to be with the guys, you could have gone golfing or to a baseball game,” the judge shot back.