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Former Veracruz governor gets nine years after pleading guilty

Mexico City, Mexico — The former governor of Veracruz, Javier Duarte de Ochoa, has been sentenced to nine years in prison for money laundering and criminal association.

Javier Duarte de Ochoa was sentenced by federal judge Marco Antonio Fuerte Tapia Wednesday night to serve nine years in prison and pay a fine of 58,890 peso after pleading guilty to money laundering and criminal association.

Duarte de Ochoa plead guilty to diverting resources from the Veracruz government through front companies. The light sentence comes after defense requested an abbreviated process for which the former governor of Veracruz pleads guilty in exchange for a minimum sentence.

The Attorney General’s Office requested that, along with the prison sentence, 41 properties be confiscated from the former governor.

He will serve his nine years beginning April 15 of 2017 when he was taken into custody and remain in prison until 2026.