Former judge pleads no contest in embezzlement case
NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — A former Connecticut attorney and probate judge is not contesting his role in the embezzlement of $277,000 in assets from a probate client.
John Butts, of Salem, pleaded no contest Friday to a first-degree larceny charge at court in New London.
The Day reports that he faces up to two years in prison when he is sentenced in March.
Butts accepted a plea offer involving 10 years in prison, suspended after up to two years served, followed by five years of probation.
His attorney says the 66-year-old Butts had surrendered his law license and has repaid some of the money.
Investigators say he deposited money from his client fund account into his personal account.
He was a probate judge from 2003 to 2011.
Information from: The Day, http://www.theday.com