Former Valley Police Sergeant Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison
MCALLEN – A former Rio Grande Valley police sergeant was sentenced to 20 years in prison and five years probation Thursday morning.
The judge issued just about the lowest possible prison time to Geovani Hernandez.
Due to the crimes committed and the decisions made, Hernandez was looking at 235 to 293 months in prison.
The judge gave him 240 months and five years probation.
Hernandez was prosecuted and convicted for his role of escorting during drug smuggling operations.
Those operations conducted with a government informant.
His attorney went before the judge Thursday to request a reduction of sentence based on certain factors.
One of those factors was a weapon the government believed Hernandez used while escorting. The judge agreed with the defense.
The attorney also tried to convince the judge to further reduce the points that would increase the number of months Hernandez would be imprisoned – which didn’t work.
Ultimately, the judge told Hernandez he didn’t know why he didn’t plead guilty, which would have reduced jail time by seven years.
Now he’s looking at leaving prison when he’s 65 years old, then serving probation for five years after that.
His attorney objected to the sentence. They have two weeks to file a formal appeal.