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Ex-trader gets prison sentence for threats

NEW YORK - Vincent P. McCrudden, a former New York commodities trader, was sentenced to two years and four months in prison for threatening to kill federal financial regulators.

McCrudden, 51, who pleaded guilty last year, was sentenced Friday by US District Judge Denis R. Hurley in federal court in Central Islip, N.Y. He apologized to his victims.

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“I wrote provocative language on my website that could have been perceived as threatening,’’ McCrudden told the judge. “I would never intentionally hurt . . . another human being.’’

On the day his trial was to begin in July he admitted to threatening the lives of 47 current and former officials, including Mary L. Schapiro, chairwoman of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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