Former judge Abel Limas lands in one of "America's Cushiest Prisons"
Wed, 04 Dec 2013 16:59:41 GMT —
A judge at the center of the Cameron County "cash for court favors" scandal is now jailed inside a federal prison once ranked as one of "America's cushiest."
Abel Limas reported to the Pensacola Federal Prison Camp in Florida on Wednesday.
The former 404th State District Court Judge was sentenced to six years in prison for his role in the judicial bribery scandal.
Originally charged back in March 2011, Limas entered into a plea agreement where he provided information to the FBI and agreed to testify against others in the scandal.
Limas testified held up his end of the bargain testifying against attorney Ray Marchan, attorney Marc Rosenthal, former Cameron County District Attorney Armando Villalobos and attorney Eduardo "Eddie" Lucio.
Jurors found Marchan, Rosenthal and Villalobos guilty but acquitted Lucio.
U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen sentenced Limas to six years in federal prison back in August.
But in an order dated November 7th, Judge Hanen assigned Limas to the federal prison camp in Pensacola, Florida.
Forbes Magazine once ranked the prison camp as No. 2 out of "America's 10 Cushiest Prisons."
According to a the magazine, inmates get to visit with their families in a tree-filled park on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Forbes reported that because the prison camp is located on an outlying base of the Pensacola Naval Air Station allowing inmates enjoy better jobs and recreational activities than those at other federal prisons.
The magazine reported that one high-profile white collar crime inmate got an air-conditioned office job on the base and got to see movies at a theater for servicemen.
Out of the 12 suspects originally charged in the case, the only case that remains pending is that of former Cameron District Attorney Armando Villalobos.
Rosenthal was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison on Tuesday night while former Texas State Rep. Jim Solis got 47 months in prison back in November.
Sentencing for Villalobos is set for January 21st but he is expected in court on December 16th to argue over the findings of a pre-sentencing report.