NY judge who claimed toilet tank lid attack sent to jail

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Posted: Oct 13, 2015 6:08 PM

WATERLOO, N.Y. (AP) — A former upstate New York judge who says he was knocked over the head with a toilet tank lid and choked at work but later was convicted of false reporting has been sentenced to six months in jail.

Waterloo Village ex-judge Roger Barto could have received up to seven years in prison during Tuesday's sentencing. He also was given five years of probation.

A Seneca County jury convicted the 53-year-old Barto in August of insurance fraud, defrauding the government, falsifying business records and falsely reporting an incident.

District Attorney Barry Porsch has said Barto made up the story two years ago to get prescription painkillers.

Defense attorney Gary Muldoon says Barto stands by his account and will appeal.

Barto has paid more than $41,000 in restitution to cover hospital bills.