Mexican ex-governor sentenced in NY to 11 years
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Updated: Friday, 28 Jun 2013, 9:40 PM CDT
Published : Friday, 28 Jun 2013, 6:05 PM CDT
NEW YORK (AP) — A former governor of a Mexican state who admitted to conspiring to launder money in a New York drug case was sentenced Friday to just under 11 years in prison, but may face as little as three more years behind bars in the United States.
Mario Ernesto Villanueva Madrid, 64, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Manhattan to 10 years and 11 months in prison after he pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to commit money laundering. He was originally accused of conspiring to import hundreds of tons of cocaine.
Villanueva Madrid, a former governor of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, has been jailed since 2001, when he was first charged with similar crimes in Mexico.
Outside court, defense attorney Richard Lind said he was pleased with the sentence, saying it was likely that Villanueva Madrid will serve only about three years in prison once he is credited with time he has already served in Mexican and U.S. prisons and gets additional credit for good behavior.
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