Mexican serving 20 years in money laundering, horse case gets 5 more, tried to bribe US judge

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AUSTIN, Texas — A Mexican man serving 20 years in prison for laundering drug money in a horse racing scam must serve five more years for trying to bribe a judge in Texas.

Francisco Colorado Cessa was sentenced Monday in Austin.

The 53-year-old businessman from Veracruz, Mexico, in 2014 pleaded guilty to conspiracy to bribe a federal judge in a failed effort to get a lighter sentence.

Colorado in September 2013 received the maximum prison term after being convicted of conspiracy to commit money laundering. Prosecutors say he bought and sold racehorses in Texas and Oklahoma to launder drug money for a Mexican cartel.

His bribery prison term begins after he finishes his original 20-year sentence.

Two other people earlier were sentenced to about a year in prison in the attempted bribery.

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