It's the end of the line for disgraced former Texas State Senator Carlos Uresti of San Antonio, who is back in federal court today for his second and final bribery sentencing, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
Last year, Uresti was convicted of bribery and money laundering for his role in a Ponzi scheme involving the now-defunct fracking company Four Winds Logistics LLC. Judge David Ezra sentenced him to 12 years in prison, but allowed him to remain free on bail while he mounted his defense on a separate and unrelated bribery case out of Reeves County.
In October, Uresti pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit bribery, as part of a scheme to help a Lubbock businessman obtain a medical services contract at a West Texas jail.
A different judge, U.S. Magistrate Judge Henry Bemporad, again let Uresti remain on bond until his sentencing, which is today.
Uresti faces up to five years in prison on that bribery charge, and will likely run concurrent to the Ponzi scheme case.
Uresti admitted to helping Vernon Farthing III bribe former Reeves County Judge Jimmy Galindo, so the Lubbock businessman could land the medical services contract at the Reeves County Correctional Center. According to court papers, Uresti admitted to receiving $10,000 a month from Farthing for his services as a marketing consultant. He then gave half to Judge Galindo.
A jury found Farthing III not guilty of conspiracy to commit bribery and conspiracy to commit money laundering. He testified that he didn't know that part of money he paid to Uresti was being shuttled to Galindo.
Since his conviction, Uresti has surrendered his law license and resigned from his Senate seat, ending a two-decade long political career.