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Former city police officer begins prison sentence


MERIDEN — Former city police officer Evan Cossette surrendered to U.S. Marshals Tuesday and was transported to the Ashland Federal Correctional Institution in eastern Kentucky, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Cossette, 27, will serve a 14-month sentence at the low-security prison after being convicted of using excessive force on prisoner Pedro Temich and obstructing justice by falsifying a police report on the incident.

U.S. District Court Judge Janet Bond Arterton referred to Cossette’s lack of a criminal record and the difficulty in housing a former police officer in federal prisons when setting his sentence, which was below the sentencing guidelines.

Ashland houses 1,233 male inmates at the institution and an additional 304 prisoners at its minimum-security satellite camp.

According to the prison website, Ashland is designed for adult males with sentence limitations, and serves as a phasing-down facility for inmates nearing the end of their sentences. The prison has cell units that range from dormitory type buildings to regular cell blocks. Prisoners are offered a variety of work details and programs.

Cossette had asked to serve his sentence at a federal prison in Otisville, N.Y. because it was closer to his family.



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