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      Mixed sentences handed down in PSJA bribery scandal

      Rogelio Roy Rodriguez

      Mixed sentences of prison time, probation and fines were handed down in the PSJA Independent School District bribery scandal.

      All six defendants appeared before U.S. District Judge Ricardo Hinojosa at 2 p.m. Monday for sentencing in the case.

      Judge Hinojosa sentenced the first defendant, Rogelio "Roy" Rodriguez, to 37 months in prison.

      The judge is allowing Rodriguez to remain free on bond until his Monday, March 14th prison assignment date.

      Judge Hinojosa handed down the following sentences in the case:

      Prison Probation Fine Rogelio "Roy" Rodriguez (aka "Little Roy) 3 years, 1 month 3 years $0 Raul Roy Navarro (aka "Big Roy) 2 years 2 years $0 Arturo Guajardo --- 3 years $5,000 George Alonzo Hernandez 5 months** 3 years $3,000 Arnulfo "Arnie" Cuahtemoc Hernandez ---- 4 years $25,000 Evangelina "Vangie" De Leon --- 4 yaers $0

      **-George Alonzo Hernandez must also serve another five months of house arrest after getting out of prison.

      Rodriguez and the other five all pleaded guilty in the roles in a scheme to accept bribes in order to award construction


      They were all supposed to be sentenced back in November but Judge Hinojosa postponed the sentencing to clear some legal questions.

      Court records show that three sealed documents were filed in the case during December and January.

      Judge Hinojosa is currently taking hearing testimony in the sentencing for Raul "Roy" Navarro. The rest are expected to follow this afternoon.

      Former Superintendent Arturo Guajardo is asking for probation instead of prison time and showed letters of support from several Rio Grande Valley politicians.

      Important Dates in the PSJA Bribery Scandal:

      January 2005 FBI raids PSJA ISD OfficeMay 22, 2007 Federal Indictment Filed

      May 31, 2007 Rogelio Roy Rodriguez ArrestedJune 5, 2007 Arturo Guajardo & Five Others ArrestedJune 6, 2007 Arnulfo Cuahtemoc Olivarez Arrested

      Dec 7, 2007 Arturo Guajardo Pleads GuiltyDec 12, 2007 Rogelio Roy Rodriguez Pleads Guilty

      Jan 22, 2008 Vangie De Leon Pleads GuiltyJan 22, 2008 Charges Dismissed against Husband Ricardo De Leon

      Feb 28, 2008 Superseding Indictment Filed

      Aug 26, 2008 Second Superseding Indictment FiledAug 28, 2008 Arnulfo Cuahtemoc Olivarez Pleads Guilty

      Nov 3, 2008 Raul Roy Navarro Pleads Guilty

      Dec 4, 2009 Geroge Alonzo Hernandez Pleads Guilty

      Nov 29, 2010 Sentencing postponed until January 24th

      Jan 24, 2011 Rogelio "Roy" Rodriguez sentenced to 37 months in federal prison