ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WIVB) — No surprises followed the Friday sentencing of a former Buffalo Sabre after he pleaded guilty in June in exchange for certain guarantees.
Nathan Paetsch, a 28-year-old Spencerport man, admitted to his role in a gambling ring by pleading guilty to transmission of wagering information and structuring transactions to evade reporting. Paetsch was sentenced to serve five years of probation, eight months of home detention, 400 hours of community service and forfeit $265,000.
The former Buffalo Sabre and current AHL player already surrendered the funds. Police say he used wire communication facilities, including cell phones, to gamble over state lines. He and other hockey players got caught up in the gambling ring.
Thomas Vanek also has been involved in the investigation, but police say he is cooperating fully.