Former Texas Police Chief Gets 15 1/2 Years For Bribery

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SAN ANGELO, Texas (TNZT) — A former West Texas police chief was sentenced Friday to 15 1/2 years in prison for taking bribes for a multimillion-dollar contract for a city salesman.

A federal judge convicted former San Angelo police chief Timothy Ray Vasquez, 52, in San Angelo after a jury convicted him in March of bribery and mail fraud. U.S. District Judge James Wesley Hendrix also fined Vasquez $35,000.

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Vasquez was police chief from 2004 to 2016 before losing a re-election bid while being targeted by federal investigators. He was charged in January 2020.

Federal prosecutors presented evidence that Vasquez used his position as police chief to help a radio systems salesman land a city contract worth nearly $6 million. In return, the seller paid more than $175,000 to Vasquez and provided him with the use of luxury suites at sporting events and a rock concert, as well as an apartment in San Antonio.

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Vasquez could have been sentenced to 70 years in prison.

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