By Bruce Hamilton, St. Tammany bureau
A former Abita Springs police lieutenant was sentenced to five years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to an array of charges in connection with a corruption scandal that wracked the small department.
Panagiotis "Takis" Kondylis' surprise plea came on a day when town officials were set to consider a proposal by Sheriff Jack Strain to contract his deputies' services to Abita Springs, a plan that could entail replacing the town's police department with a substation. Kondylis' trial was scheduled to begin in 19 days.
La. ex-cop gets five years in scandal