Lawyer Al Acevedo pleads guilty in federal corruption probe

Al Acevedo admits bribing judge in exchange for favors; Claims judge gave reduced sentence to drunken driver

Among the judicial favors attorney Al Acevedo claims he received in exchange for cash gifts and auto repair work totaling $6,655 was a reduced sentence for a client facing drunken driving charges.

Acevedo, 60, pleaded guilty to federal bribery charges before U.S. District Judge Xavier Rodriguez on Monday.

In his plea bargain, he admitted that State District Judge Angus McGinty reduced the sentence of a drunken driver from three years in prison to four years probation in exchange for cash, gifts and auto repair work.

Acevedo also claimed that McGinty gave a lenient sentence and less-restrictive release conditions to another client.

McGinty resigned last month amid speculation that he was a suspect in a federal probe into allegations of corruption at the Bexar County Courthouse.

McGinty's lawyer refused to comment on the plea bargain.

Following the hearing Monday, Acevedo and his attorney, Frank Perez, hurried from the courthouse refusing to speak with reporters.

Acevedo will be sentenced on June 18, following a pre-sentencing investigation. He is facing a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years supervised release.

Click here to view court documents of Acevedo's plea agreement.

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