LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) — A former Livingston Parish Council chairman has been sentenced to five years in state custody after he pleaded no contest to prescription drug trafficking-related charges.

The Advocate reports Judge Bob Morrison ordered 32-year-old Robert Ringo on Thursday to five years in the Steve Hoyle Intensive Substance Abuse Program at the Bossier Parish Correctional Center Medium Security Facility.

Ringo also received credit for time served and will have his sentence shortened with good behavior.

Ringo was elected to the council's District 2 in November 1999.

Ringo served as the council's chairman in 2003, the same year he ran for parish president.

Livingston Parish sheriff's deputies arrested Ringo in April 2012 after searching his home near Livingston and finding hundreds of pills, most of which were Oxycodone.