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Aug 20, 2013 4:39 AM by AP

Ex-La. sheriff seeks delay in reporting to prison

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Former Plaquemines Parish Sheriff Irvin "Jiff" Hingle is seeking to extend the deadline for him to begin serving a prison sentence for accepting bribes from a businessman whose company oversaw construction of the parish jail.

Hingle is scheduled to report to a prison in Edgefield, S.C., on Sept. 16, but his attorney on Monday asked U.S. District Judge Sarah Vance for a one-month extension. Hingle's lawyer, Frank DeSalvo, also asked Vance to recommend that the U.S. Bureau of Prisons consider reassigning the former sheriff to a prison that is closer to his family in Louisiana.

In July, Vance sentenced Hingle to 46 months in prison for accepting $30,000 in bribes from New Orleans businessman Aaron Bennett in exchange for approving and paid invoices submitted by Bennett's company.

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