BROWNSVILLE (August 21, 2013)—Former Texas District Judge Abel Limas, who authorities say turned his courtroom into a money-making operation, was sentenced to prison Wednesday.
U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen sentenced Limas to six years in prison on one count of racketeering Wednesday in Brownsville.
Limas attracted the FBI's attention in late 2007 as he neared the end of his second term in office.
Investigators collected some 40,000 phone calls, as well as surveillance photos documenting how Limas had converted his courtroom into a criminal enterprise, collecting bribes and kickbacks totaling $257,000.
Limas pleaded guilty in 2011 and became the government's star witness in four related trials that shook Cameron County's justice system.
He faced as much as 20 years in prison, but received credit for cooperation.