Ex-Deputy sheriff sentenced to 5 years for bribery

Former Harris County Deputy Sheriff George Wesley Ellington joined the Harris County Sheriff's Office in October 1997. He had been assigned to the patrol bureau.

August 18, 2011 3:03:38 PM PDT
A former Harris County deputy sheriff convicted of accepting a bribe learned his punishment Thursday.

George Wesley Ellington was sentenced to five years without parole for accepting a pair of $500 bribes in return for confidential information from law enforcement computer records. He also was paid to protect someone transporting the illegal drug ecstasy.

Ellington's wife was also sentenced today for hiding her husband's criminal activities. She received a year and a day in prison without parole.

He had faced a maximum penalty for each count of 20 years imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine.

Ellington joined the Harris County Sheriff's Office in October 1997. He was a deputy assigned to the patrol bureau.


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