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Nov 13, 2012 5:14 PM by AP

Former Ouachita sheriff gets home confinement

MONROE, La. (AP) - Former Ouachita Parish Sheriff Royce Edward Toney has been sentenced to six months of home confinement as part of a federal plea deal involving unauthorized access of a protected computer.

Prosecutors dropped felony charges against Toney, 64, of Monroe, in exchange for his Aug. 2 guilty plea to nine misdemeanor counts of fraud and related activity in connection with computers. In addition, Toney cannot work for any law enforcement agency again in any capacity.

U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley says Toney also was sentenced Tuesday to four years of supervised release and ordered to pay a $15,000 fine.

An investigation revealed that Toney and a sheriff's employee engaged in a conspiracy to track a third-party's email communications from April 2010 to October 2010.

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