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Mike Perlstein / Eyewitness News
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After turning down a plea deal and 25-year sentence, a former Jefferson Parish Sheriff's deputy now faces up to life in prison in a bizarre murder case in which the victim's body has never been found.

Mark Hebert was found guilty Tuesday by a federal judge who ruled that a suspicious chain of events linked by purely circumstantial evidence proved that Hebert was responsible for the disappearance and murder of Albert Bloch.

Bloch, 61, was last seen in October 2007, but his identity was stolen by Hebert, who previously pleaded guilty to using the missing man's bank account and ATM card to embark on a spending spree that included expensive tools and racing car parts.

Despite his confession, Hebert, 45, denied killing Bloch, choosing to roll the dice and stand trial on the charge of deprivation of civil rights under the color of law the federal equivalent of murder by a police officer.

U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo set Hebert's sentencing for September following a pre-sentence investigation.

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