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Apr 19, 2012 9:31 AM by AP

Guilty plea in Thibodaux tire slashing case

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - One of the men accused of slashing the tires of Thibodaux Police vehicles parked outside the department last year has pleaded guilty.

The Daily Comet reports that Jonathan Watkins pleaded guilty to 11 counts of property damage and will serve two years in jail. The plea was entered in late March.

His uncle, Glenn Watkins, is still scheduled to go to trial April 25 in the case.

Tires were slashed outside police headquarters in May, and again in June, causing $7,000 worth of damage.

The suspects told investigators last year that Thibodaux Police Capt. Calvin Cooks paid them to slash the tires, but investigators with the Lafourche Sheriff's Office said there was no evidence to support that.

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