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Former officer gets 14-month prison sentence in brutality case

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A former Meriden police officer was sentenced Monday to 14 months in prison for using unreasonable force against a handcuffed man and lying about it in a report. Evan Cossette, the son of Police Chief Jeffry Cossette, was sentenced Monday in federal court in New Haven. Prosecutors had urged the judge to give him a sentence of 27 to 33 months; Cossette’s attorney had asked for home confinement and community service. Surveillance video played during the trial showed Cossette pushing Pedro Temich into a jail cell in 2010. Temich fell and hit his head on a concrete bench.

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