HARLINGEN — Former state Rep. Jim Solis surrendered at noon Tuesday to a minimum-security prison camp in Arkansas to begin serving a sentence for bribery that begins a partial closure to his ordeal, his attorney said.
“He and his family still have a long way to go,” Solis’ attorney, retired Judge Robert Garza, said Tuesday.
Garza said Solis’ wife dropped him off at the Forrest City Low Satellite Camp Prison, about 85 miles east of Little Rock, to begin serving a 47-month sentence.
U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen sentenced Solis on Aug. 2, more than two years after the ex-representative, a Harlingen Democrat, pleaded guilty on April 29, 2011, to assisting in ex-404th state District Judge Abel C. Limas’ racketeering scheme.
“He’s going to have to pay the price. He has been paying the price and his family has been paying the price,” Garza said of the consequences of Solis’ involvement in Limas’ racketeering scheme.
“I believe that he and his family have been through absolute hell,” Garza said. “It has not been easy.”
The attorney added that Solis has taken responsibility for his actions. Garza also reflected on how Limas ruined so many lives.
“This one person was able to take down all these people. It was wrong, but, it was also their choice,” Garza said of Solis and other defendants.
“It was an opportunity to make easy money, and he had worked so hard,” Garza said of Solis …Continued here: http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/news/local/article_438b1bd8-571a-11e3-8f1c-001a4bcf6878.html