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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A Former Judge Pleaded Guilty To Bribery In San Antonio Yesterday

Posted By on Tue, Apr 14, 2015 at 10:06 AM

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A former judge admitted Monday that car repairs to a couple of Mercedes Benz's and cash for favorable court rulings was just too much to pass up.

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Angus Kelly McGinty, 51, pleaded guilty to a charge of honest services wire fraud and admitted he solicited and accepted bribes to influence rulings, the FBI announced in a press release.

The former Texas state district judge from Bexar County reached a plea agreement with federal prosecutors, who will recommend two years in prison at a sentencing hearing in July.

But that's ultimately up to a federal judge, who could sentence McGinty to up to 20 years in prison, the maximum under sentencing guidelines.

From January through September 2013, Alberto Acevedo Jr., an attorney in Bexar County, bribed McGinty with cash, car repairs and arranged the sale of one of his vehicles for favorable rulings, which included lenient sentences, according to an FBI press release, which states McGinty received more than $6,655 in value from his dealings with Acevedo.

Acevedo pleaded guilty on March 17, 2014, to bribery and is out on bail pending an unscheduled sentencing hearing. He could face up to 10 years in prison.

Here's McGinty's statement to prosecutors in support of his guilty plea:

On or about January 1, 2011, I assumed office as judge of the 144th Judicial District Court, located in Bexar County, Texas. During my term of service as judge of the 144th Judicial District Court, I knowingly participated in a scheme to defraud the State of Texas and citizens of Bexar County, Texas of their right to my honest services inasmuch as I solicited and accepted things of value from Alberto Acevedo, Jr., including vehicle repairs to my two Mercedes Benz, my 1992 Mercedes Benz 300CE and my 2001 Mercedes Benz S430. I accepted these benefits knowing that the purpose behind them was to influence me to exercise my official discretion as judge of the 144th Judicial District Court in favor of Mr. Acevedo and his clients. From at least January 2013 to September 2013, Mr. Acevedo paid for repairs and services to my two Mercedes. I took steps to cover up my dealing with Mr. Acevedo by failing to report the benefits I had received from him on my Personnel Statement for 2013. On May 20, 2013 at 7:02 p.m., I sent Mr. Acevedo a text message to make arrangements to drop off my 2011 Mercedes Benz S430 at his law firm so that he could take it to his mechanic for repairs. That text message traveled in interstate commerce.

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