Apr 5, 2013 9:26 AM by AP
The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that because an investigation into former Leesville Police Chief Bobby Hickman was not completed within the proper timeframe, the city was wrong to have fired him on Jan. 28, 2011.
The American Press reports the appeals court ruled that the investigation should have been completed within 60 days of its beginning, by Jan. 4, 2011.
However, in a letter dated Jan. 6, Leesville notified Hickman that it had hired Mark Sheridan to investigate.
The 3rd Circuit also ordered Leesville to pay $2,590 for the costs of proceedings.
Hickman pleaded guilty in federal court in June to having a firearm with an obliterated serial number.
In October, he was sentenced on the firearms charge to 46 months in prison.