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Former Sullivan City policeman pleads guilty to official oppression

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Sullivan City fired police Officer Angel de la Mora on July 2, 2015. (Photos courtesy of the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office and the National Geographic Channel / Screenshot)

A former Sullivan City policeman pleaded guilty to two counts of official oppression on Monday afternoon.

Former Sullivan City police Officer Angel de la Mora, 32, of Mission pleaded guilty to two counts of official oppression, a Class A misdemeanor.

In exchange for pleading guilty, the Hidalgo County District Attorney’s Office recommended dismissing two state jail felony charges against de la Mora. State District Judge Mario E. Ramirez Jr. accepted the recommendation.

He will not serve any jail time.

The indictment resulted from an incident on May 21, 2015, when de la Mora took handfuls of marijuana from the Sullivan City Police Department evidence room.

Police Chief Miguel Martinez watched, but didn’t stop de la Mora.

The Texas Rangers investigated the incident, reviewing surveillance video from the police department and interviewing witnesses. Prosecutors presented the case to a grand jury, which indicted Martinez and de la Mora.

The four-count indictment charged de la Mora with:

  1. Theft by a public servant, a state jail felony
  2. Possession of marijuana, a state jail felony
  3. Abuse of official capacity, a Class A misdemeanor
  4. Abuse of official capacity, a Class A misdemeanor

Sullivan City fired de la Mora. Martinez resigned, but plans to fight the charges against him.

The Class A misdemeanor conviction automatically blocks Martinez from holding another law enforcement job.

Sullivan City Marijuana Scandal Timeline

May 21, 2015: Sullivan City police Officer Angel de la Mora takes marijuana from the department evidence room. Police Chief Miguel Martinez watches, but doesn’t stop de la Mora. Police Inv. Reynaldo Cortes stands nearby during the incident. Sgt. Daniel Duran reviews surveillance footage from the evidence room and contacts the Texas Rangers.

June 8, 2015: The Texas Rangers execute a search warrant at the Sullivan City Police Department

June 12, 2015: Sullivan City suspends Chief Miguel Martinez for three days without pay for “unbecoming conduct.”

June 25, 2015: Sullivan City suspends Sgt. Daniel Duran for three days without pay for improperly disseminating information and not following the chain of command.

July 2, 2015: Sullivan City fires Officer Angel de la Mora

July 2, 2015: Sullivan City suspends police Inv. Reynaldo Cortes for three days without pay for “unbecoming conduct.”

Sept. 16, 2015: Sgt. Daniel Duran files a whistleblower lawsuit against Sullivan City, claiming the city retaliated against him for contacting the Texas Rangers

Jan. 27, 2016: After reviewing the evidence, a grand jury returns a three-count indictment against Martinez and a four-count indictment against de la Mora.

Feb. 24, 2016: Martinez pleads not guilty.

March 28, 2016: The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement suspends Martinez’s peace officer license.

April 8, 2016: Martinez resigns.

May 24, 2016: Martinez’s attorney, David Higdon, files a motion to quash the indictment.

June 20, 2016: de la Mora pleads guilty.


Correction: The two felony charges against former Sullivan City police Officer Angel de la Mora were dismissed; they were not left unadjudicated.

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