Posted: Feb 11, 2014 4:31 PM
Updated: Feb 11, 2014 4:32 PM
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) A federal judge has sentenced a former South Texas prosecutor and one-time U.S. House candidate to 13 years in prison for accepting bribes in exchange for legal favors.
U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen sentenced former Cameron County District Attorney Armando Villalobos on Tuesday in Brownsville.
A jury convicted Villalobos in May of racketeering and extortion charges. He was the highest profile target of a FBI investigation into the county's justice system that swept up a dozen people.
The person at the center of the scandal, former state District Judge Abel Limas, was sentenced in August to six years in prison for turning his courtroom into a moneymaking endeavor. Limas cooperated extensively with the investigation and testified at Villalobos' trial.