Friday, August 28, 2009

Marking time

Call me old-fashioned in this regard.

We are supposed to be the good guys; when this happens it leads to an erosion of faith in the system and confidence by the public.

Ex-sheriff handed 5 years in prison
By Lynn Brezosky - Express-News

McALLEN — Former Starr County Sheriff Reymundo Guerra was sentenced Thursday to five years and four months in federal prison for helping Gulf Cartel operatives move marijuana and cocaine through his remote border county.

The prison term, set to begin Sept. 28, makes Guerra the second Starr County sheriff in a row to do time and the latest in a line of Rio Grande Valley officials convicted of corruption and abuse of office.

“I’m saddened to see a law enforcement officer who’s indicted like this,” U.S. District Judge Randy Crane said, recalling the recent conviction of Cameron County Sheriff Conrado Cantu. “It is a stain on the badge.”

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