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Former El Paso City Rep Escapes Jail Time

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POSTED: Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 2:02pm

UPDATED: Friday, July 15, 2011 - 9:32am

UPDATE: 11:27: Judge sentences former El Paso City Rep to one year's probation, $4,000 fine and 100 hours of community service.

UPDATE: 11:12:  Quintana's punishment has been decided as a $4000 fine and 365 days in jail but it's suspended so she'll be under community supervision.
 

UPDATE: 10:53 a.m. Defense Attorney Stephen Peters asks for leniency saying "She had the good grace with this case hanging over her head not to seek re-election."

The prosecution countered saying the punishment needs to be severe enough so the courts do not see her again.

The jury is deliberating for sentencing. The options include jail time, probation, and fines. Any combination of the three is possible.

UPDATE:  7:26pm:  A jury has convicted former El Paso City Representative Rachel Quintana of forgery.  The sentencing phase of the trial is set for 8:30 a.m. tomorrow.

EL PASO- It's Day 2 of trial for an ex-City Council member who faces forgery charges.

Rachel Quintana is being accused of forging her ex supervisor's signature on Federal Express letterhead in order to use non-revenue airline tickets.

Quintana claims that her supervisor, Albert Martinez, gave her permission to sign a document stating she was still employed by FedEx. Today, Martinez took the stand and when asked if he gave Quintana permission to sign any papers he said, "No I didn't." 

Another FedEx employee took the stand claiming Quintana asked her to lie for her.
"She asked me ‘Who verifies employment? If someone calls to verify my employment will you say yes?’"
The prosecution has rested and defense will now begin.

A verdict is expected today in the case against Quintana.

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joyce wilson and others need to be investigated too!!!! i challenge the media to do that!! what a story that would be..... joggers getting arrested?? who cares about that idiot?!?!? lol

This is why El Paso sucks. They are afraid to properly prosecute a former councilperson. What a disgrace. Any average person I guarantee would have gotten jail time for what she did. But no, because she was a former member of the city council we will only give her a slap on the wrist. Wait, this wasnt even a slap on the wrist, more like a stern scolding. And then she sweet talked someone in the court building to sneak her out the freight elevator. What a chicken, she cant even face the news.

Army Guy: To the contrary, I stopped in the Trial while in the County Building. SW Airlines did not want to press charges & was not hurt in any way monetarily. Frankly, I was very surprised to hear the prosecutors asking the jury to "send a message to the community", with the maximum sentence. Which the jury gave her; Because she was a former public official, she was held to hirgher standards. I agree that El Paso sucks; for that reason.

Guys, I can´t believe this fat chick gave you the slip while going out of the court room...I mean come on, you better hit the gym a.s.a.p.

O.U.C.H...! Can any of you tell me what her salary was? How much tax payers money went in to her salary as a former El Paso City Representative? BURN HER, BURN HER, BURN THE WITCH...Honestly I see her REELECTED in the next couple of years....LOL

Just another example why El Paso will never get any better.

Liar!

what a goof.
I was embarrassed to have her as a councilperson. (council-nut).
at least THAT is behind us now.

here's the only presentencing recommendation the court needs: throw her in jail.

Good. Now they need to go after the other city leaders who are all crooked. They all belong in jail.

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