2 former El Paso County officials sentenced


EL PASO, Texas (AP) - Two former public officials caught up in an El Paso County corruption scandal have received lenient sentences for cooperating with an FBI investigation.

Elizabeth Flores, a one-time county commissioner, received five years' probation Friday and was ordered to pay a $25,000 fine. The El Paso Times reports (http://bit.ly/18H6INq) she previously admitted to accepting bribes in exchange for her vote. She had faced charges of conspiracy to commit fraud.

Fernando Parra, meanwhile, was sentenced to time served. Formerly an assistant in the county district clerk's office, Parra was arrested in 2008 and spent five months in custody before being released on bond.

He pleaded guilty in 2008 to conspiracy to commit mail fraud. Prosecutors have said Parra manipulated the county's computer system so that judges friendly to lawyers could be chosen for a case.

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