Victim speaks out following Limas sentencing

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POSTED: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 2:57pm

UPDATED: Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 7:29am

Six years is what a Federal judge sentenced former 404th district Judge Abel limas to for racketeering.

Limas quickly got into an SUV following his sentencing inside the Federal courthouse in Brownsville Wednesday saying nothing to the media.
Prosecutors say Limas received more than $250,000 to give favorable outcomes for certain cases and other matters dating back to 2007.
In 2011 Limas pleaded guilty to racketeering.
Involved in the Limas corruption scandal were former State Representative Jim Solis who pleaded guilty to racketeering, former Cameron County District Attorney Armando Villalobos who was found guilty of racketeering and extortion, and attorney Marc Rosenthal also found guilty of racketeering.

Wednesday the prosecution and defense both made statements. The government asked for a minimum of 4.5 years, the defense asked for a punishment of no more than year.
Limas also made a statement. Very emotionally Limas said he loved his family, and he is rehabilitated, and apologized to the judicial system which he said he soiled.
A former Cameron County District Attorney, Yolanda De Leon, who was a victim in the Limas scandal, was awarded $39,000 in restitution. She also made a statement in the court Wednesday.

"I think the number of people that were harmed, their position needed to be known to the public. The victims were not just in the courtroom in the cases that got prosecuted, there were many more victims than that." Said De Leon.

After all parties spoke, judge Andrew Hanen set the punishment at six years in prison.

"I think it’s exorbitant given all the assistance Abel Limas gave the federal government; one would expect a lighter sentence." said Limas’ Attorney Chip Lewis.

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