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Westport Travel Agent Facing One-Way Trip to Jail

A Westport travel agent is facing a one-way trip to prison after pleading no contest Wednesday to stealing nearly $40,000 from a group of 54 Stratford seniors who had booked a trip through him to Branson, Mo., the Connecticut Post reported.

It said Peter Heyel, 67, dressed in a blue blazer over an open-collared white shirt, calmly told Superior Court Judge George Thim he was no longer contesting the charge of second-degree larceny pending against him. The judge then found him guilty of the charge. He was arrested in November. (See WestportNow Nov. 12, 2010)

Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Robert Brennan told the judge he will be recommending that Heyel serve a four-year prison term when he is sentenced June 1, the newspaper said.

However, the prosecutor continued that if Heyel should come up with at least half the restitution money he would consider recommending the defendant instead serve two years in prison.

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