- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 11, 2010

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.