EL PASO (KTSM) — A U.S. District Judge came down with the punishment for two men who pleaded guilty to their roles in an El Paso public corruption case.
The men admitted to taking part in the scheme to bribe Former County Judge Anthony Cobos to award a contract to Bear Stearns, a financial services firm, to refinance the county debt.
Judge Frank Montalvo sentenced Former City Representative 56-year-old Raymond Telles to five years of probation and a $4,000 fine. Telles kept his head down as he walked out of the federal courthouse, but inside, he broke down in tears when the judge asked him to speak.
"I apologize to the court. I apologize to my family. I especially apologize to the community of El Paso," Telles said.
Judge Montalvo also sentenced Roberto Ruiz, a former managing director of Bear Stearns, to two years in prison and a $135,000 fine. He will turn himself into the U.S. Marshals in Dallas on January 7.
"I broke the law and there's no excuse," said Ruiz. "I apologize to El Paso."
Tuesday’s scheduled sentencing for Local Businessman Lorenzo Hilario Aguilar and El Paso Lobbyist Antonio Dill has been postponed.
Cobos was expected to be sentenced on December 9.