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La. ex-cop gets five years in scandal

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.

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