Ken Zisa, police chief in Hackensack, N.J., and scion of one if its most eminent political dynasties, faces 23 years behind bars after being found guilty Wednesday of insurance fraud and official misconduct, reports the North Jersey Record. After three days of deliberation, a jury delivered a split verdict, acquitting Zisa, 58, of conspiracy and witness tampering charges, but finding that he filed a false insurance report and acted improperly when he inserted himself into two investigations involving his former girlfriend, Kathleen Tiernan, who was also on trial.
Tiernan was found guilty of filing a false insurance report, but acquitted on a conspiracy charge. Zisa has been suspended from his job for two years. A sentencing hearing was tentatively set for June 22. His attorney said an appeal is planned.