Melissa Bailey file photo
Justen Kasperzyk (Melissa Bailey file photo)

Between tears, his wife called him “strong” and “proud.” Amid shouts from the courtroom pews, one of his targets called him “wicked” and “evil.” The judge declared that he of all people “should have known better”—then sentenced him to 15 months in prison.

That was the scene in U.S. District Court in Bridgeport Tuesday as Justen Kasperzyk, a former New Haven detective with a gambling addiction, saw his luck run out for good.

Kasperzyk had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to violate civil rights and theft of government property. He planted drugs in a bust in an apartment on Truman Street. He also pocketed cash from drug cases to feed his gambling habit.

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