LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A former Irwindale police officer who stole $250,000 in cash from his 84-year-old father was sentenced Monday to one year in county jail and ordered to repay the money.

Dennis Alva, 47, was also sentenced to five years probation on one count of grand theft, while Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ray G. Jurado dismissed the two other counts of burglary and theft from an elder or dependent adult.

Alva, who appeared in court dressed in jeans and sneakers, was taken out the side door of the courtroom to be transferred directly to jail.

He pleaded not guilty in April after prosecutors accused him of stealing the quarter-million dollars from a detached garage at his elderly father’s Azusa home, where the older man had hidden it away, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Alva’s father alerted Azusa police in January when he discovered that the cash he had hidden throughout his garage was missing.

Alva faced as much as four years in county jail before being sentenced Monday.

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