Former State Rep. Jim Solis expected to be sentenced this afternoon

Former 404th State District Court Judge Abel Limas // File Photo

An ex-state lawmaker will soon learn his fate for his role in a South Texas judicial bribery scandal.

Former Democratic Rep. Jose Santiago "Jim" Solis is to be sentenced Friday by a federal judge in Brownsville.

Solis pleaded guilty in April 2011 to extortion for paying former state District Judge Abel Limas for favorable rulings. Solis faces up to 20 years in prison.

The ex-lawmaker served seven terms representing the Rio Grande Valley in the Texas House before retiring in 2007. He is a longtime personal injury lawyer in Harlingen.

Prosecutors say Solis was one of many attorneys who paid for favorable pretrial rulings from Limas in civil matters pending in his court.

Limas, who was a judge from 2001 to 2008, has pleaded guilty to one count of racketeering.