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Posted: Wednesday, 12 February 2014 6:05PM

Galvan sentenced to 2 years in corruption case

Former St. Tammany Parish Coroner Peter Galvan has been sentenced to two years in prison and ordered to pay more than $193,000 in restitution to the parish for conspiring to steal money from the coroner's office.

Galvan told U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan during Wednesday's sentencing hearing that he apologizes to the people of St. Tammany Parish for betraying their trust. He says he also can't get back his ruined career and reputation but will do whatever he must to make the parish whole.

Galvan pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy to commit theft. He is to report to prison April 11.

The judge also ordered him to pay a $5,000 fine due immediately along with the restitution. Galvan says he's sold his house to cover those costs.

Statement from Pat Brister concerning Galvan sentencing:

“The guilty plea, and now the sentencing of Dr. Peter Galvan is another step towards normalcy for St. Tammany Parish. My personal disappointment in what has happened during the last year of this ordeal can't be measured in the number of years in a prison sentence. We owe the Court, the U.S. Attorney, and the Legislative Auditor’s office a debt of gratitude,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “Finally, after many months, we can now move on from this betrayal of the public trust.”

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