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By: Jennifer Saucedo
A Bexar County jury took less than 40 minutes to find Raul Garza III, 42, guilty of impersonating a public servant. Prosecutors say in June 2011, Garza forced a prostitute to perform free sexual favors, or he would take her to jail because he was an officer. Garza took the stand in his own defense, admitting his only fault was not paying the prostitute.
"I told her I wasn't going to pay her because I thought that she was hideous," said Garza. "I didn't commit no crime - all I did was not pay her."
Garza explained to jurors he did tell the prostitute, who he picked up near South Presa and Fair Avenue, that he was going to "put her on profile." He said he meant that he was going to write a bad review about her on Backpage.com. The website has grown criticism for prostitutes and "Johns" to advertise their services.
However, jurors did not buy Garza's story. A judge will punish him Monday. Garza, who's considered a habitual offender for several stints in prison, is facing 25 years to life in prison.
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Man linked to Mexican cartel gets 16 years
May 24, 2013 13:07 GMT
McALLEN, Texas (AP) -- Prosecutors say a man who helped get loads of cocaine moved from Mexico to Texas has been sentenced to 16 years in a U.S. prison.
A federal judge in McAllen on Thursday sentenced Juan Oscar Garza-Alanis. He pleaded guilty in October 2011 to drug conspiracy and money laundering counts. His brother and his sister also pleaded guilty to those counts in what prosecutors say was a drug trafficking ring linked to Mexico's Gulf cartel.
Cantalicia Garza was sentenced Thursday to more than five years in a U.S. prison. Prosecutors say she had an accounting role in the drug ring. Josue Ruperto Garza awaits sentencing.
The three siblings were arrested in Reynosa, Mexico, in 2007. They were extradited to the U.S. the following year.
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