S. Texas bail bondsman sentenced in bribery case

February 14, 2012 9:28:45 AM PST
A South Texas bail bondsman has been sentenced to 16 months in prison after admitting to bribing a judge.

Francisco Cisneros had faced up to 20 years in prison in sentencing before a federal judge Tuesday. Prosecutors agreed in a plea deal to recommend lighter punishment.

Cisneros pleaded guilty in August to aiding and abetting extortion. He admitted paying a middle man $2,000 to bribe former state District Judge Abel C. Limas.

Limas, who admitted receiving $700 to issue the order, has pleaded guilty to racketeering.

The bribe was for an illegal immigrant sentenced in 2003 to two years in prison and five years of supervised release on a drug charge. The indictment says Cisneros in 2008 paid to have the immigrant's bond changed from $25,000 to personal recognizance.