JENNINGS, La. (AP) - A former Jennings police chief has been sentenced to five years at hard labor with credit for time served after taking drugs and money from the police department's evidence room.
The American Press reports 53-year-old Johnny Lassiter was sentenced Monday by court-appointed Judge Ronald Cox.
Cox was appointed to the case after District Judge Steve Gunnell rescued himself.
Lassiter pleaded guilty last November to two counts of malfeasance.
Charges of theft over $1,500, obstruction of justice and injuring public records were dismissed as part of an earlier plea agreement.
Lassiter was arrested in January 2013 after a state police audit found $4,500 in cash, 1,800 pills, more than 380 grams of cocaine, several pounds of marijuana and codeine missing from the evidence room.
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