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Ex-Mass. cop convicted of perjury in Ruggiero case to report to prison


BRENTWOOD – A former Massachusetts police officer convicted of perjury for his role in the Kristin Ruggiero case will turn himself in at the Rockingham County Sheriff's Department next week to begin serving a two- to four-year prison sentence.


Brendan Bisbee, 36, lost a bid before the state Supreme Court earlier this month to overturn his October 2011 perjury conviction.


Bisbee was ordered to report to the sheriff's department in Brentwood on June 3 at 9 a.m. Deputies will transport him to the state prison in Concord.


Judge Kenneth McHugh, who presided over the trial, signed off on the turn-in date for Bisbee allowing him to get his affairs in order before serving his sentence. The date was agreed upon by county prosecutors and public defenders.


A jury convicted Bisbee of five counts of perjury on Oct. 21, 2011, for aiding Ruggiero, his then-girlfriend, by lying under oath during her trial on charges that she had set up her ex-husband and had him jailed while they were going through a bitter divorce.


Ruggiero was ultimately convicted of falsifying physical evidence for using a disposable cell phone, and having it registered under her ex-husband's name, to convince police she received several threatening text messages.


She was found dead in her prison cell on Dec. 28, 2011, the same day the state Supreme Court upheld her conviction. She was serving a 7- to 14-year prison term. The state Medical Examiner's Office concluded that she committed suicide by overdosing on propranalol and bupropion.


Bisbee was a 10-year veteran of the Barre, Mass., police department before getting romantically involved in 2007 with Ruggiero (a.k.a. Kristin McDonald), and later left his job while the two were dating.


Assistant County Attorney Jerome Blanchard argued at Bisbee's trial that he used his former law enforcement experience to skew the investigation into Ruggiero.


Bisbee wrote letters to attorney generals in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, with one suggesting the man who unraveled Ruggiero's scheme - East Kingston Police Chief Richard Simpson – was somehow corrupt, according to Blanchard.
Bisbee appealed the prison sentence handed down by McHugh to the state's Sentence Review Board, which refused to amend his punishment in October.


The state Supreme Court also rejected Bisbee's arguments that the indictments in his case failed to articulate his crimes, or that it was improper for Blanchard to call Bisbee a "mope" and "dirty cop" during closing arguments at the trial.


jkimble@newstote.com

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