Sentencing put on hold for former sheriff TMs chief of staff

Pat Medina (right) leaves court with her defense attorney Ric Salinas (left)

Pat Medina faced a federal judge but will not be sentenced until tomorrow after questions were raised about how much money was involved in the case.

Medina, the former chief of staff to ex-sheriff Lupe Trevino, appeared for sentencing before U.S. District Court Judge Ricardo Hinojosa in McAllen on Wednesday morning.

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

Former sheriff TMs commander Jose Joe Padilla is set to testify in the case before Medina is sentenced.

Medina faces up to three years in federal prison and/or a $250,000 dollar fine for the crime.

She will be sentenced on July 24th at 2:30 p.m.

Medina's defense attorney Ric Salinas said she qualifies for probation and is asking the court for her to receive it.

"I'd like to see her be able to be placed on some form of community supervision," Salinas told reporters outside the courthouse. "I think she deserves it in light of the fact that this is not a case like the cases with the other defendants."