Fired trooper gets probation for choking assault

AMARILLO, TX Potter County Attorney Scott Brumley says 38-year-old Manuel "Anthony" Moreno Jr. pleaded guilty to assault and a theft-related charge. If he violates probation, Moreno must serve 180 days in jail.

DPS spokesman Tom Vinger says Moreno, who'd been a trooper for a decade, was discharged Tuesday.

Moreno says he pleaded guilty Wednesday because he was "ready to get on with my life."

Brumley says Moreno pleaded guilty to assault for choking a man during a 2009 church function. Separately, Moreno pleaded guilty to a theft charge for allegedly switching price tags at a store.

He must pay a $600 fine for the assault count and make $412 in restitution to Sam's Club.

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