Long Island Policeman Pleads Guilty in Gun Menacing Case

Richard Hefferon pleaded guilty on Monday to third-degree menacing

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    A Nassau County police officer was caught on tape pointing his gun at a worker inside a Farmingdale bar. (Published Thursday, May 5, 2011)

    A Long Island police officer has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor for pointing his department-issued weapon at a bartender's head during an off-duty confrontation.

    Nassau County prosecutors say Richard Hefferon pleaded guilty on Monday to third-degree menacing. He faces up to three months when he is sentenced Oct. 3. His lawyer is not expecting his client to be jailed.

    The incident occurred around 5:50 a.m. on April 26, 2011.

    It was captured on security video in the Farmingdale bar. No one was hurt.

    Attorney Robert McDonald says his client has gone through treatment for alcoholism and regrets what happened.

    A Nassau County police spokesman, Inspector Kenneth Lack, said Hefferon remains on modified duty.

    He declined further comment.

    McDonald says Hefferon's current post does not require him to carry a gun.

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