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Hingle and Sens sentenced in separate malfeasance cases

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  Two former law enforcement officials were sentenced to federal prison just before the Fourth of July holiday. Former Plaquemines Parish Sheriff Jiff Hingle, who had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and bribery in 2011, was sentenced July 3 to 46 months in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Sarah Vance. Hingle also was sentenced to two years' probation and ordered to pay a $10,000 fine.

  Meanwhile, John Sens, the former Orleans Parish Sheriff's deputy who once headed the office's purchasing department, received a 60-month sentence for conspiracy to commit bribery. According to court documents, Sens accepted bribes from two contractors in exchange for steering work their way. Among the bribes Sens received were the installation of a swimming pool and several "Blue Dog" prints by artist George Rodrigue. U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt also sentenced Sens to three years' probation and the forfeiture of more than $67,000 worth of property. — Kevin Allman

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