Jones/Sanchez Guilty of Corruption


POSTED: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 - 1:16pm

UPDATED: Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 3:48pm

UPDATE:  2:15 p.m.  Former El Paso County Judge Luther Jones and former District Clerk Gilbert Sanchez are guilty on all counts of mail and wire fraud.  A jury convicted the two men shortly after two o'clock.  Jones and Sanchez were accused of rigging a multi-million dollar county contract back in 2004.  We will have the latest on this developing story on NewsChannel 9 at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.

UPDATE:  11:43 a.m. The jury just broke for lunch.  Before doing so, jurors handed the judge a note asking, "Do we have to go through every overt act?"  Prosecutors alleged 21 overt acts of corruption on the part of Luther Jones and Gilbert Sanchez.  They jury will resume deliberations around 1 p.m.

EL PASO - A jury is deliberating the corruption case against former County Judge Luther Jones and former District Clerk Gilbert Sanchez.

After three hours of deliberations yesterday, Judge Frank Montalvo sent jurors home for the day.

Both have pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.

They're accused of making sure Altep, a company Jones represented, would get a multi-million dollar digitization contract.

That bid was never awarded.


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If they end up as cellmates, I wonder who will be pitching and who will be catching. Anyway, I'm sure both their dancecards will be completely filled by the general prison population. Ol' Luther is a quick study; he'll soon learn not to bend over to retrieve his dropped bar of soap in the shower.

It's ironic or at least poetic justice: they'll each be getting exactly what they tried to do to the taxpayers of El Paso County.

yoo hooooo

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