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Cop freed early returns to jail per court order

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A former New Hampshire police officer who was released from jail after serving a fraction of his one-year sentence for injuring two teens in a hit-and-run accident last year is back behind bars.

The lawyer for former veteran Manchester police officer Steven Coco says he returned to the Hillsborough County House of Corrections on Friday morning after five weeks of freedom.

A judge ruled Thursday that his release by the jail's superintendent after serving only 72 days was inappropriate. Judge Gillian Abramson's ruling came in response to a prosecutor's objection to his release under a new law that gives county jail superintendents the authority to release convicts to work or rehabilitation programs after they serve 14 days of their sentences.

Abramson said Coco needed punishment, not rehabilitation.

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