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Rip Torn denied probation in Conn. break-in

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In this Dec. 4, 2006 file photo, Actor Rip Torn is seen in this New York State Police photo in Somers, N.Y., after his arrest for driving while intoxicated. Torn is requesting a form of probation to settle charges that he broke into a Connecticut bank In this Dec. 4, 2006 file photo, Actor Rip Torn is seen in this New York State Police photo in Somers, N.Y., after his arrest for driving while intoxicated. Torn is requesting a form of probation to settle charges that he broke into a Connecticut bank

LITCHFIELD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut judge says Rip Torn doesn't qualify for a special probation program that would have cleared his record of charges that he broke into a bank while drunk and armed in January.

The 79-year-old Emmy-winning actor was denied accelerated rehabilitation in Litchfield Superior Court on Wednesday.

Judge James Ginocchio (GIHN-ah-chee-oh) says the charges are too serious, especially given Torn's past problems with alcohol. One of the gun charges carries a mandatory minimum 1-year prison sentence.

The case now continues toward a trial.

Torn is charged with breaking into a bank near his Salisbury home on the night of Jan. 29. Police say he was carrying a loaded gun and was so intoxicated that he thought it was his house.

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