Monday, April 19, 2021

US court rejects former Crystal City mayor’s appeal in corruption case

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An appeal for sentencing relief by former Crystal City Mayor Ricardo Lopez, one of five city officials convicted on corruption charges, has been denied by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.

The appellate court found no judicial error in upholding the sentence imposed on Lopez in 2017 by U.S. District Judge Alia Moses in Del Rio. He was sentenced to 97 months, or eight years, in prison.

In his appeal, Lopez, 44, had claimed that his sentence was too long, the restitution was too high and that conditions of his supervised release too onerous.

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Lopez was convicted on June 26, 2017 along with his co-defendant, former City Manager James Jonas, on charges including conspiracy, bribery and wire fraud.

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