A former Williamson County police chief is headed to prison for 4 1/2 years after being sentenced for his role in a federal immigration bribery scheme. Andres Tomas Gutierrez pleaded guilty in February after admitting he took bribes between $10,000 and $40,000 from undocumented immigrants, a US Attorney’s Office release showed.

In exchange, the chief would secure special immigration status for those people, falsely telling authorities they were assisting the Jarrell Police Department in undercover narcotics and human trafficking operations. The special paroles allowed them to defer deportation.

The chief was charged with wire fraud and theft of honest services which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine, according to court records.

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