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Co-defendant of ex-governor agrees to testify against him

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BATON ROUGE, La. — A co-defendant of Edwin Edwards — the former governor convicted of extorting payoffs for casino licenses — has pleaded guilty and agreed to testify against Edwards in an insurance fraud case.

David Disiere, owner of a now-defunct insurance company, pleaded guilty Thursday to failing to report a felony.

Under the plea agreement, Disiere will get no prison time. He could have faced a 200-year sentence if convicted of the original charges, which included conspiracy, insurance fraud and witness tampering.