British detective jailed in phone-hacking scandal

LONDON (AP) - A senior British counterterrorism detective has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for trying to sell information to Rupert Murdoch's News of the World tabloid.

Detective Chief Inspector April Casburn, 53, was the first person convicted on charges related to Britain's phone-hacking scandal since a police investigation was reopened in early 2011.

She was found guilty last month of misconduct for phoning the tabloid and offering to pass on information about whether London's police force would reopen its stalled phone-hacking investigation.

Casburn, who managed the Metropolitan Police terrorist financing investigation unit, was sentenced Friday at London's Old Bailey criminal court.

Britain's phone-hacking scandal led to dozens of arrests. It involved allegations of illegal snooping on celebrities, crime victims, politicians and others.