Sheriff's son wants sentencing postponed to have Christmas with family

Sheriff Lupe Treviño // File Photo

Facing federal prison time, the son of Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevio is asking a federal judge to postpone his sentencing in the Panama Unit scandal in order to spend Christmas with his family.

Jonathan Trevio and 11 others charged in the public corruption scandal are expected to be sentenced before U.S. District Court Judge Randy Crane in McAllen on December 19th.

But Trevio filed a motion on Thursday afternoon asking Judge Crane for "humanitarian considerations" to postpone his sentencing.

According to Trevio's motion, a pre-sentencing report reveals that he is expected to receive 15 or more years in federal prison for his role in the drug trafficking and corruption scandal.

Trevio and eight other law enforcement officers were all convicted of helping three drug traffickers.

According to the motion, Trevio's father, Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevio, is 64 years old and the sentencing could mean it may be the last time they will spend Christmas family together as a family.

But Trevio is not alone in making such a request.

Former deputy Gerardo Mendoza-Duran filed a motion on Wednesday also asking Judge Crane to postpone his sentencing.

Court records show that attorneys for seven other defendants in the case do not oppose postponing the sentencing.

In another court filing, Claudio Alberto Mata asked Judge Crane to modify the conditions of his house arrest to allow him to go to a Christmas party at the Palm Aire Hotel in Weslaco with his wife on Friday.

Judge Crane has not made a ruling in any of three pending requests.