NEW YORK (AP) — A former executive at a New York investor firm has been sentenced to 2½ years in prison. The judge rejected his explanation that he turned to crime because he felt bosses cheated him.

Federal Judge Jesse Furman sentenced Michael Lucarelli on Wednesday in Manhattan. He urged Lucarelli to deal with anger he directs at others.

Before Furman spoke, a tearful Lucarelli said he hoped to sue investor relations firm Lippert/Heilshorn & Associates Inc., claiming it cheated him on commissions.

When Lucarelli was first arrested in August, he ran out of his sandals as he fled photographers. His behavior earned him a mocking on late-night TV's "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart."