Former judge Abel Limas sentenced to six years in prison

Abel Limas File Photo

Former 404th State District Court Judge Abel Limas will spend six years in federal prison.

Limas appeared for sentencing before U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville on Wednesday morning.

Dressed in a dark suit, Limas appeared blank as Judge Hanen read his sentence in the courtroom.

Limas pleaded guilty to his role in the Cameron County "cash for court favors scandal" back in March 2011.

The former judge admitted to taking bribes in exchange for favors in the courtroom.

Limas has been out on bond for more than two years time.

Disbarred from practicing law, Limas has since taken a construction job and testified against four others accused in the scandal.

Judge Hanen ordered that Limas to remain free on bond until the his prison assignment is available.

Suspect Role Charged Sentencing Sentence Abel Limas Judge March 29, 2011 Aug 21, 2013 N/A Jose Manuel Longoria Middleman March 30, 2011 June 19, 2012 10 yrs prison Jose Santiago Solis Attorney April 29, 2011 Aug 2, 2013 47 mos prison Ray Roman Marchan Attorney June 21, 2011 Dec 6, 2012 42 mos prison Francisco Cisneros Bondsman June 21, 2011 Feb 14, 2012 16 mos prison Armando Pea Probationer June 21, 2011 March 6, 2012 27 mos prison Karina Pea Wife June 21, 2011 April 19, 2012 4 yrs probation Jaime Munivez DA Investigator July 19, 2011 May 30, 2012 1 year prison Joe Valle Attorney Aug 10, 2011 April 16, 2012 1 yr, 1 day prison Marc Rosenthal Attorney Aug 16, 2011 Oct 8, 2013 N/A Armando Villalobos District Attorney May 7, 2012 Oct 15, 2013 N/A Eduardo Lucio Attorney May 7, 2012 *Not Guilty* N/A