- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 5, 2016

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) - The former mayor pro tem of a small South Texas town has been sentenced to five years in federal prison after pleading guilty to aiding and abetting an illegal gambling operation.

A federal judge in Corpus Christi also ordered Leticia Hernandez Garza on Wednesday to serve three years of supervised released. The former mayor pro tem of Falfurrias (fal-FYER’-ree-yuhs) had pleaded guilty on June 6 to aiding and abetting an illegal gambling business in the town from January 2009 through May 2015.

The business operated for more than 30 days and brought in gross revenue of more than $2,000 a day.

Garza could have gotten up to five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.

Falfurrias, a town of about 5,000 residents, is 60 miles southwest of Corpus Christi.

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