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[7 SPORTS FINAL Edition]
Hartford Courant - Hartford, Conn.
Author: JIM FARRELL, CARRIE BUDOFF And GREGORY SEAY||||||Courant Staff Writers
Date: Sep 6, 2001
Start Page: A.1
Section: MAIN (A)
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As an incarcerated legislator, [Kevin Ryan] will have limited access to the public. Like other inmates at the Bergin Correctional Institution, he will be required to submit a list of 10 phone numbers that he can call, and will be limited to no more than five, 15- minute collect calls per day. He must also submit a list of seven potential visitors. No more than four people can visit at one time, and Ryan is limited to two separate one-hour visits each week.

Ryan was given a two-year prison term, suspended after 120 days, and fined $1,000. He will be on probation for 18 months after his release, during which time he will have to perform 100 hours of community service and undergo counseling. Ryan will also lose his driver's license for three years, according to Russell Palmer, his attorney.

Palmer said Ryan, 49, voluntarily sought counseling after his most recent arrest -- five days of in-patient treatment and then a month on a three-day-a-week outpatient basis. Palmer said the start of the next legislative session, five months from today, was a consideration in Ryan's decision to plead guilty Wednesday. Had the case gone to trial, Ryan could have faced as much as two years in jail and a fine of up to $4,000.

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