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Former Judge Gets Two Years in Prison for Accepting Bribes


  A former San Antonio judge is headed to federal prison after pleading guilty to bribery charges. 

Former State District Judge Angus McGinty was sentenced to two years in a federal prison after striking a plea agreement with government prosecutors. 

McGinty had faced a 15-count indictment for accepting bribes in exchange for keeping bail low for some of the defendants represented by attorney Alberto Acevedo, Jr.

He resigned from the 144th District Court last year, when the FBI began investigating the pair. Acevedo pleaded guilty in March and faces a maximum penalty of ten years in prison and a $250,000.00 fine. Acevedo is free on bond pending a sentencing hearing. 

According to the indictments, McGinty received gifts, payments and other things of value totaling more than $6,600 from Acevedo.

As part of his plea deal for two years in prison, McGinty pleaded guilty to a single charge of theft of honest services wire fraud. The FBI in its statement said McGinty admitted depriving the State of Texas and citizens of Bexar County of his honest services by soliciting and accepting bribes intended to influence his judicial decisions. 

The charge carried a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

Eileen Pace is a veteran radio and print journalist with a long history of investigative and feature reporting in San Antonio and Houston, earning more than 50 awards for investigative reporting, documentaries, long-form series, features, sports stories, outstanding anchoring and best use of sound.