Mark Bamford, a former investigator with the 22nd Judicial District Attorney’s Office, pleaded guilty Monday to simple criminal damage to property in Judge Peter Garcia’s court.

Bamford had faced an additional charge of simple battery, but that was dropped in a plea agreement that took place at the bench.

The DA’s Office recused itself in the matter, and the state Attorney General’s Office prosecuted the case.

The two charges stemmed from a fight that Bamford had with his girlfriend in February. He was fired by District Attorney Warren Montgomery the same day as his arrest.

The criminal damage charge was a felony because the amount of damage to the house during the fight was more than $500, according to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Garcia sentenced Bamford to six months in prison but suspended the sentence and ordered him to serve one year of unsupervised probation. He also will have to pay a $50 fee plus court costs.

David Weilbaecher, the assistant state attorney general who prosecuted the case, said Bamford had already paid for the damage caused to the victim’s property in a civil case.

He said Bamford could have no further contact with the victim, and the judge replied that was a standard condition of probation.

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