Ex-sheriff's chief of staff sentenced to less than a year in federal prison

A former high-ranking administrator with the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office will spend 11 months in prison.

Pat Medina appeared for sentencing before U.S. District Court Judge Ricardo Hinojosa in McAllen on Thursday afternoon.

Judge Hinojosa ordered that Medina remain free on bond while her prison assignment is being made.

She will turn herself in on September 23, 2014 at 5 p.m.

The sentencing hearing started on Wednesday morning but Judge Hinojosa ordered former sheriff TMs office commander Joe Padilla to testify against Medina.

The sentencing for Medina comes less than a week after the Sheriff Lupe Trevio was sentenced to five years in federal prison for money laundering.

Medina, who worked as Trevino's chief of staff, abruptly resigned from her post back in March.

But just a couple weeks later, Medina pleaded guilty to knowing about and not reporting the sheriff taking cash from a Weslaco-based drug trafficker Tomas "El Gallo" Gonzalez.

Medina was originally facing three years in federal prison and/or a $250,000 dollar fine for the crime.

Her sentencing was originally scheduled for July 3rd but was postponed until Wednesday morning.