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Former St. Tammany Parish coroner, Peter Galvan, pleads guilty to theft


COVINGTON, Louisiana — St. Tammany Parish's former coroner, Peter Galvan, has pleaded guilty to three counts of felony theft.

The Louisiana Attorney General's Public Corruption Unit said Galvan entered the plea Thursday and was sentenced to four years in prison.

Three years will be served at the same time as his current two-year federal term for conspiring to steal government funds. The final year will be served in state prison at the conclusion of the federal term.

Authorities say Galvan also was ordered to pay $350,000 in restitution, of which $50,000 was paid Thursday to the City of Slidell. The balance is due by Oct. 31.

Galvan was charged in May after a state audit found he used his public position to illegally siphon funds from the coroner's office for his personal gain.

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