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Ex-Vidalia police chief pleads guilty

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Posted: Nov 18, 2010 5:50 PM
Source: Associated Press

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ALEXANDRIA - A former Vidalia police chief has pleaded guilty to making false statements to federal agents.

Prosecutors say Ronnie "Tapper" Hendricks made the statements during an investigation into the disposition of firearms at the Vidalia Police Department.

According to testimony in Alexandria federal court on Thursday, Hendricks falsely denied transferring an automatic machine gun owned by the department to a private hunting club. Prosecutors say Hendricks claimed the gun had been given to a reserve police officer.

Hendricks faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is set for Feb. 25.

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