Former New Jersey State Trooper Jailed for Running Sports Betting Ring

A former New Jersey state trooper has been sentenced to five years in prison for running a sports betting ring that rocked pro hockey.

James Harney pleaded guilty to conspiracy, promoting gambling and official misconduct.

He said he ran the ring as equal partners with a retired hockey star, Rick Tocchet, who also pleaded guilty and faces sentencing later this month.

Authorities said several of the people placing bets with the duo were in some way connected to hockey. The only name revealed was Wayne Gretzky's wife, Janet Jones Gretzky. Authorities say neither she nor other bettors will be charged.

Tocchet served as Wayne Gretzky's top assistant coach with the Phoenix Coyotes, but was placed on indefinite leave after he was charged.

Harney could be eligible for parole in about a year.