A June 22 Metro article on the sentencing of former Maryland State Police superintendent Edward T. Norris incorrectly stated that he worked in the New York Police Department for 35 years. Norris was a 20-year veteran of the NYPD; his co-defendant, John Stendrini, served 35 years in the department. (Published 6/25/04)

21 -- Former Maryland State Police superintendent Edward T. Norris was sentenced to six months in prison Monday by a federal judge who chastised him for illegally spending thousands of dollars in police funds on expensive gifts, extramarital liaisons and other indulgences.

Noting that the spending spree, while Norris was Baltimore police commissioner, "tarnished" the public trust after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett likened Norris and his former chief of staff, John Stendrini, to "soldiers who went AWOL during a crucial time." Norris, 43, wept in court as he accepted responsibility. "I've said I was sorry for this many, many times," said Norris, accompanied by his wife and parents. "I'll be saying it for the rest of my life."

Norris, 43, who was appointed state police superintendent after Robert L. Ehrlich's election as governor in 2002, admitted that he misappropriated up to $30,000 from Baltimore police funds from 2000 to 2002, while he was city police commissioner. He left the state police after being indicted in December and pleaded guilty in March to conspiracy to commit fraud and filing a false income tax return.

Stendrini, 60, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud, also appeared before Bennett on Monday and was put on probation for three years and fined $10,000.

Norris also was fined $10,000 and ordered to serve three years of probation after his release, with the first six months under home detention.

Norris attorney David B. Irwin said outside court that Norris has been living in Tampa, where he is unemployed, caring for his 5-year-old son while his wife, an artist, supports the family. He described Norris as "disappointed and resigned."

Norris is to begin serving the prison term within 30 days.

Staff writer Matthew Mosk contributed to this report.