Former West Texas Judge Pleads Guilty in Uresti Bribery Case

The former West Texas public official who was charged with receiving bribes from State Sen. Carlos Uresti (D-San Antonio) has pleaded guilty in federal court, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

Jimmy Galindo, who was the County Judge in Reeves County, which includes Pecos, was accused of receiving $5,000 a month in bribes from Uresti, part of a $10,000 a month 'consulting fee' that Uresti received from a Lubbock businessman.

In exchange for the money under the table, prosecutors say Galindo, who now lives in Selma, granted the businessman's company a sweetheart contract to operate a medical services contract for a prison in Reeves County.

In addition to receiving bribes, Galindo also pled guilty to failing to pay income tax on the bribe money.

As part of the plea deal, Galindo faced no more than 6 years in federal prison.  He will be sentenced in August.

Prosecutors didn't say whether the deal requires Galindo to testify against Uresti.  The State Senator has entered a not guilty plea to multiple charges in two separate cases, including paying bribes to Galindo.

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