DEL RIO, Texas — A disgraced former leader of a South Texas county and a probation officer who's also a contractor have pleaded guilty in a bribery and corruption probe.
Prosecutors in Del Rio say now-former Maverick County Commissioner Eliaz Maldonado pleaded guilty Thursday to receiving a bribe. Javier Gonzalez pleaded guilty to paying a bribe related to awarding contracts and kickbacks since 2010.
Both men from Eagle Pass are free on bond pending sentencing this fall. Each could get up to 10 years in prison and be fined as much as $250,000.
Maldonado was indicted in December on wire fraud and bribery counts. He was suspended from the commission in February and resigned in March.
Prosecutors say nine people await sentencing after pleading guilty in the corruption investigation. Five others still face charges.