Former Sen. Carlos Uresti (D-San Antonio) was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison and three years of probation, and he was ordered to pay $6.3M in restitution. Uresti resigned last week, triggering a July 31 special election to fill the remaining two-plus years of his term.

Carlos Uresti

Carlos
Uresti

In February, jurors found Sen. Carlos Uresti (D-San Antonio) guilty of all 11 felony counts including wire fraud, securities fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering in connection with a bankrupt frac-sand company and its executives. A co-defendant was also found guilty. He faces a further criminal trial on unrelated charges of bribery and money laundering in connection with a West Texas prison’s medical services contract. That trial has been delayed until October 22 on the motion of a co-defendant.

Uresti is free on bond until the conclusion of an October trial on separate charges. He has 14 days to file a notice of appeal.

According to the San Antonio Express-News’s Patrick Danner and Guillermo Contreras, Uresti read a statement apologizing for his behavior. “I should have known. I should have asked more questions. I should have stepped up,” he reportedly said.

Early voting has concluded for the June 30 special election for CD27. Just under 4K voted early in person or by mail in Victoria Co., exceeding the early vote totals in the runoff elections. Nearly 11K voted early in person or by mail in Nueces Co., also exceeding the runoff elections’ early turnout.

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