Former Plaquemines Sheriff Charged For The Third Time
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — For the third time, a federal judge has agreed to postpone a sentencing hearing for former Plaquemines Parish Sheriff Irvin "Jiff " Hingle, who pleaded guilty to accepting bribes from a businessman whose company oversaw construction of the parish jail.
The latest delay moves Hingle's sentencing from June 27 to Oct. 3.
U.S. District Judge Sarah Vance agreed this week to postpone the hearing at the request of prosecutors, who asked for more time for Hingle to cooperate with authorities and provide them with unspecified information.
Hingle faces up to five years in prison after pleading guilty to a conspiracy charge.
Aaron Bennett, owner of Benetech LLC, pleaded guilty in October to bribing Hingle. Bennett also awaits sentencing.