The Associated Press - February 25, 2011
A former Louisiana police chief who pleaded guilty to lying to federal agents about his department's handling of firearms has been sentenced to six months in prison. A federal judge on Friday also ordered former Vidalia Police Chief Ronnie "Tapper" Hendricks to pay a $3,000 fine and perform 1,000 hours of community service. Hendricks pleaded guilty in November to lying to FBI and ATF agents when he denied transferring a machine gun owned by the Vidalia Police Department to the Rifle Point Hunting Club in Ferriday. Hendricks resigned as part of his plea deal with prosecutors.