A judge has sentenced a retired New Jersey police chief to four years probation for harassing a boy and shoving the child's grandmother in a dispute that started over a water pistol.
Under terms of a plea agreement, the judge on Tuesday also ordered former South Plainfield Police Chief John Muller to pay the woman's medical bills and to undergo alcohol and anger management counseling.
Muller pleaded guilty in August to aggravated assault for injuring the woman and harassment for his treatment of the 8-year-old.
The charges stemmed from an altercation at an Elks picnic in 2013 when authorities say the boy squirted Muller with a water pistol. Authorities said Muller grabbed the boy and he pushed the child's grandmother when she confronted him.