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NEW ORLEANS- A man tied to corruption investigations here, but seen working for a federal judge in Baton Rouge as he awaited sentencing, will spend four months in a federal prison.

Dwaine Hodges was sentenced in Orleans Parish Thursday.

In October, Hodges was caught by the WBRZ News 2 Investigative Unit coming and going from Shelly Dick's home in the Mid City area of Baton Rouge. Dick told WBRZ's Chief Investigator, Chris Nakamoto, she hired him to do renovations there and never discussed his legal troubles. But, Nakamoto uncovered an exchange of text messages where Hodges wrote he hoped his connection with the judge would play well for his future dealings with the federal court.

Dick's husband wrote a letter to the sentencing court favoring Hodges.

The New Orleans Advocate reported prosecutors also asked the federal judge overseeing the sentencing to impose a lighter sentence since Hodges assisted with their investigations involving former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin and Hodges' employer, Mark St. Pierre, who bribed city officials.

Hodges faced a maximum of five years in prison. He ended up receiving four months and will also do five months of home detention then six months of supervised release plus pay a fine.

Hodges' wife reportedly was not happy with the sentence and left court visibly upset. She also yelled "they lied" as she got into an elevator, the newspaper reported.

Hodges will have to report to prison in April.
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