SA attorney Al Acevedo pleads guilty to federal bribery charge


Embattled San Antonio attorney Al Acevedo pleaded guilty to theft and bribery charges Monday.

Acevedo, 59, has been the focus of a federal corruption scandal investigation at the Bexar County Courthouse.

The investigation into the allegations of corruption began several months ago. It was conducted by federal investigators in New Mexico after local federal authorities recused themselves from the case.

On Friday, Federal District Judge Fred Biery, who was scheduled to hear the case, recused himself, saying he had dealt with Acevedo in previous court matters. Federal Judge Orlando Garcia too has recused himself from hearing the Acevedo case.

Federal Judge Xavier Rodriguez is now scheduled to hear the case.

The maximum punishment for theft and bribery is 10 years in federal prison.

Last month, state district Judge Angus McGinty resigned among allegations that he accepted favors, including auto repairs, from Acevedo in exchange for favorable judicial considerations.

McGinty has not been charged.

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

KSAT's Paul Venema contributed to this report.

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