U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen sentenced former state Rep. Jim Solis to 47 months in the federal penitentiary for his role in ex-404th state District Judge Abel C. Limas’ extortion scheme.
“I know I did wrong, I’ve owned up to it,” Solis told the court minutes before his sentencing.
Solis, who pleaded guilty in April 2011 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas to aiding and abetting extortion, continues on a $50,000 unsecured bond until notified to report to the penitentiary.
Solis also has forfeited $250,000 in property.
Judge Hanen has also directed Solis to make restitution of approximately $40,000 each to Yolanda de Leon, Peter Zavaletta, and Freedom Communication, former owners of the Brownsville Herald and Valley Morning Star.
The prosecutors on these cases were Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Wynne and Oscar Ponce.
Solis’ sentencing comes slightly more than two years from the time he pleaded guilty of bribing Limas in exchange for favorable court rulings.
Since then, Solis has been cooperating with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Solis sent to prison for bribery scandal
August 2, 2013
Valley Morning Star