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Leesville Police Chief Sentenced

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LEESVILLE, La. - Bobby D. Hickman, 51, of Leesville, was sentenced to 46 months in prison, followed by a three-year supervised release for unlawful possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number.

U.S. District Judge Richard D. Haik also ordered Hickman to make restitution for a sawed-off shotgun found in his residence that had been stolen from a contractor working at Fort Polk.

Recently, Louisiana State Police said Hickman took funds from the Leesville Police Foundation's D.A.RE. program when he was working at the department.

He was charged with a felony theft of over $1,500 and malfeasance in office. Hickman voluntarily surrendered himself to the state police at the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office and was booked into the Vernon Parish Jail.

Earlier this year, Hickman pled guilty to one count of a five-count indictment that was returned against him last September.

During the guilty plea hearing held in federal court, he also agreed to the forfeiture of three weapons, including a sawed-off shotgun.

According to court documents filed during the plea and courtroom testimony, Hickman was terminated as the police chief of the Leesville Police Department last January because he failed to cooperate in an internal investigation by city officials.

Last March, the acting chief obtained a state search warrant to Hickman's home to look and recover police equipment issued to Hickman that was not returned after his termination.

During the search, deputies from the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office also retrieved a Charter Arms revolver with the serial number obliterated from the firearm.

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