Judge: No live updates for sentencing of ex-Sheriff Lupe Trevio
Mon, 14 Jul 2014 23:02:20 GMT —
Ex-Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevio is due back court for sentencing on Thursday morning.
The former lawman is facing up to 20 years in federal prison for money laundering.
But a federal judge overseeing the case is not allowing live updates from the courtroom.
Sheriff Trevio resigned from his post back in April just two weeks before pleading guilty to a federal money laundering charge.
Courtroom testimony in other cases revealed that the cash came from Weslaco-based drug trafficker Tomas "El Gallo" Gonzalez.
The sheriff's sentencing comes almost three months after his son Jonathan Trevio was sentencted to 17 years in federal prison for his role in the Panama Unit corruption scandal.
Federal court records show a series of sealed doucments filed in Sheriff Trevio's case over the past week but the sentencing date remains set in place for 9 a.m. Thursday.
Action 4 News and other media outlets put in requests to provide LIVE updates on Twitter for the sentencing.
But U.S. District Court Judge Micaela Alvarez will not be allowing laptop and internet air cards in the courtroom for the former sheriff's hearing.
Federal judges overseeing cases for the Panama Unit scandal and the Cameron County "cash for court favors" scandal allowed live updates from the coutroom.
The sentencing for ex-Sheriff Trevio is taking place on the same morning as the sentencing of his former Commander Jose "Joe" Padilla in a separate drug trafficking case.
Drug trafficker Julio Armando Davila, who once lived with a form Hidalgo County Distric Attorney's Office Invsetigator Aida Palacios, will be sentenced that same morning as well.
U.S. District Court Judge Randy Crane is expected to allow live updates on Twitter for the sentencings of both Padilla and Davila.
Sheriff Trevio's former chief of staff is expected to be sentenced before U.S. District Court Judge Ricardo Hinojosa on July 23rd but it's not clear whether or not live updates will be allowed.