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Former Schenectady cop sentenced in road rage incident
GLENVILLE -- A former Schenectady police officer was sentenced Tuesday for two misdemeanors stemming from a road rage incident last year where he allegedly pointed his gun at a family.
John Hotaling accepted a plea deal requiring him to serve six months of probation, perform 25 hours of community service and undergo anger management. He also must surrender any firearms for six months and may reapply for a permit next year.
Hotaling maintained he never pulled out his weapon. In court, the district attorneys office also cited a lack of factual evidence. Hotaling declined to comment after court and referred CBS 6 to his attorney.
Had we gone forward on the criminal side, I don't think they would have been able to secure a conviction beyond a reasonable doubt, said Andrew Safranko, Hotalings attorney.
Under the terms of the deal, Hotaling must resign or retire from the force. Safranko said Hotaling had already put in his retirement papers effective June 30. Hotaling will still receive his pension for the 20 years he served the department. The court does not have the power to take away pension.
He was a very good police officer for 20 years. He was an impeccable police officer and he certainly never intended on retire at the 20 year mark, said Safranko. He wanted to retire 10 or so years [later].
Safranko initially said after six months Hotaling could potentially work for another police department, but District Attorney Jim Murphy said it would not be possible under the terms of the deal.
The victim in the case, Jeffrey Arnow, attempted to address the court before the plea deal was accepted, but was denied. Arnow said he wanted the judge to reject the deal.
It's ridiculous. What can I say? said Arnow. Justice has not been served. The common person was let down again. Once again we have a police officer walking away from what was wrong.