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Man sentenced to probation in Sandy Hook charity scam


(FILES) Balloons hang on a sign at the entrance to Sandy Hook School (AFP PHOTO / DON EMMERT)

HARTFORD — A Tennessee man has been sentenced to three years of probation for defrauding the charity he created to benefit the people of Newtown following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

Robert Bruce of Nashville must serve the first six months of probation under home confinement and also was ordered to pay more than $28,000 in restitution.

Bruce apologized at the hearing in federal court in Hartford. He said he was selfish and dishonest and was also struggling with alcoholism.

He pleaded guilty in May and acknowledged using money from his 26.4.26 Foundation for personal expenses. The foundation organized marathons in which runners raised money for each of the 26 miles they ran, dedicating each mile to one of the 26 victims of the December 2012 shootings.