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Posted: Thursday, December 6, 2012 1:01 pm

Attorney Ray R. Marchan of Brownsville was sentenced today to 42 months in jail for bribing former 404th District Judge Abel C. Limas.

Hanen sentenced Marchan following a hearing in U.S. District Court in Brownsville today.

He remains free on bond until he's directed to report to prison.

Marchan was sentenced on six counts of racketeering, conspiracy to commit racketeering, aiding and abetting extortion, and mail fraud.

Limas was the U.S. government’s key witness in this summer’s trial of Marchan. A jury on June 18 found Marchan guilty on seven counts, but the convictions were reduced to six when Hanen on Monday acquitted Marchan of one count of mail fraud as a matter of law.

Limas has pleaded guilty to racketeering, and his sentencing is slated for next year.

Limas continues to cooperate with the U.S. Attorney’s Office on other cases that are pending, including the charges against attorney Marc G. Rosenthal of Austin, Cameron County District Attorney Armando R. Villalobos and Villalobos’ former law partner Eddie Lucio, no relation to the state public officials.

Marchan's attorney Noe Garza says the sentence will be appealed.

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