Former State District Judge Abel Limas was in tears as he told U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen he deserves the embarrassment and humiliation he's endured over the past several years.
He was indicted in March 2011 for racketeering and taking bribes in exchange for favorable rulings in his court.
At the same time, Limas told Judge Hanen he's made up for his wrongs by voluntarily cooperating with the government - to the fullest extent - in their investigation.
His defense attorney Chip Lewis also addressed the court stating that a jail sentence would be of little benefit and instead this was the government's chance to use Limas as an example to show others that cooperating with federal investigations pays off.
"Through our deeds we have known Mr. Limas has spent the last three-and-a-half years doing above and beyond what anyone could try and do to make up for the wrongs, Lewis said. He's contrite, remorseful and he's not just spoken the words - he's acted upon it."
Prosecutors recommended a 54-month sentence for Limas, but instead Judge Hanen handed down a 6-year sentence.
Limas showed little reaction and had nothing to say as he left the courtroom with family hovered over him.
"I would expect the judge to appreciate the significance of the government's recommendation, especially in a case that involved such detailed, elaborate, lengthy presentation," Lewis said.
Former Cameron County District Attorney Yolanda de Leon was present for the sentencing and even addressed the court with a prepared statement.
She told the Judge that Limas' court was a sham and he has left a legacy in Cameron County where judges are now suspect of wrongdoing. She went on to say the community is shocked at the magnitude of corruption, and they would not understand a light sentence.
"You can't simply say that this is solely the response, or his conduct is his response, to Mr. Rosenthal or Mr. Solis, de Leon said. He was doing these types of things, perhaps not for money, but for favors for benefit, long before (the indictments)."