Two Donna Independent School District Board Members are heading to federal prison. This comes a few months after pleading guilty to Bribery and Extortion charges. News Center 23’s Amy Martinez tells us how long the two men have, until they turn themselves in to the U.S. Marshals.
Judge Randy Crane is giving the former Donna School Board Trustees until July 22nd to turn themselves in to the United States Marshals.
Former Trustees Eloy Infante and Elpidio Yanez Jr., were sentenced this morning to 46 and 37 months in prison. Both men pleaded guilty back in January to Attempted Interference with Commerce by Extortion.
According to the Department of Justice, the defendants admitted that from February to May of last year, they attempted to extort, as well as solicited and accepted bribes from an individual whose company provided services to the district.
The defendants admitted to asking that individual to pay them $10,000 each, In order for his company to keep its contract with Donna ISD. A third co-defendant in the case, Adrian Guerrero admitted that he served as the middle man for one of those payments. Guerrero was also sentenced this morning to 18 months in prison.
The three defendants must also complete three years of supervised release after they complete their federal prison sentence.