A judge sentenced a former Mission mailman to 18 months in federal prison on Friday after he admitted selling information about people who requested absentee ballots.

U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez sentenced Noe Olvera, 44, of Mission to 18 months in prison.

According to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas:

Noe Olvera, a 44-year-old resident of Mission, pleaded guilty March 7, 2017, admitting he accepted $1,000 for providing the addresses in relation to the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s race in 2014.
Today, U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez handed Olvera an 18-month sentence to be immediately followed by three years of supervised release. In handing down the sentence, Judge Alvarez noted the problems with corruption in this community and stated that it was so prevalent that some people had equated the area with a third world country. The court stated that she intended this sentence to help deter others from committing acts of corruption in the local community in the future, knowing that imprisonment was a likely outcome for them as well.
It is a violation of law and official duty for Postal Service employee to provide a list of postal patrons names and/or addresses to another person.
On or about Oct. 15, 2014, Olvera provided a list of names and addresses of postal patrons on his route in Mission who received ballots during the Democratic primary. He accepted the $1,000 payment while on duty in his official vehicle and in his postal carrier uniform.

Olvera’s attorney, Marco de Luna, told CBS 4 News:

It will be tough on his family because he is a primary breadwinner. They are losing a father, husband, and brother for 18 months and he is going to be dearly missed.

Correction: Former Mission mailman Noe Olvera was sentenced on Friday; he was not charged on Friday.