MORRISTOWN, N.J. — A bookkeeper who stole $234,500 from former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Joe Piscopo has been sentenced in New Jersey to three years in prison.

Frank Larocca’s lawyer had asked the judge on Friday to sentence his client to probation and a suspended prison term. But the judge declined, noting the benefits of the plea agreement Larocca received from Morris County prosecutors.

The 40-year-old Larocca pleaded guilty in February to theft by unlawful taking. His wife also pleaded guilty to theft and is expected to be sentenced to three years’ probation. Prosecutors say Piscopo hired LaRocca to pay his bills.

– From news service reports