Update: Former county judge sentenced to four years in bribery scheme
Updated: Friday, January 3 2014, 08:14 PM MST
By: Chrisdyann Uribe and Jesse Martinez
EL PASO, Texas -- Former El Paso County Judge Anthony Cobos and co-defendant Lorenzo Aguilar, a local architect, were sentenced to four years in prison Friday.
Cobos was accused of receiving $4,500 in bribes from lobbyists in return for his vote as the head of El Paso Commissioners Court.
Aguilar was accused of assisting one of the exchanges for the bribes.
Aguilar received a $50,000 fine while Cobos received a $10,000 fine. The two have 30 days to self-surrender, court officials said.
"The sentences handed down today should reassure the public that we will be relentless in pursuing those who would attempt to corrupt public officials as well as those public officials who violate their public trust for personal gain," stated U.S. Attorney Robert Pitman.
In September both pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and deprivation.
Earlier, U.S. District Judge Frank Montalvo said he would take federal prosecutors' recommendation to each sentence Cobos and Aguilar to four years in prison.