- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The former manager of a Pittsburgh suburb was sentenced Thursday to up to 23 months in jail for collecting nearly $231,000 in unauthorized salaries.

Galla, 45, pleaded guilty to theft by deception and was sentenced to 11 1/2 to 23 months behind bars for stealing from Munhall during a three-year stint as assistant borough manager and, eventually, borough manager, prosecutors said.

He initially pleaded guilty in July and expected a sentence of six to 14 months in prison, but Common Pleas Judge Randall Todd said Thursday he didn’t recall that deal and sentenced Galla to three-and-a-half to seven years behind bars.

“A town like this can’t afford that kind of loss,” Todd said of the stolen money.

Galla withdrew his plea Thursday afternoon, and the case was transferred to Judge Edward Borkowski when Todd recused himself. Galla again entered a guilty plea after Borkowski agreed to a stricter penalty than his original deal. His sentence also includes 12 years of probation and restitution of the stolen money.

Galla apologized in court and said he’s disgusted with himself.

“I’m so embarrassed and humiliated to be standing in front of you … for being tempted by low-hanging fruit and grabbing at it,” he said.

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