December 20, 2000, Wednesday , Metro Copyright 2000 San Antonio Express-News San Antonio Express-News December 20, 2000, Wednesday, Metro
(FRIO COUNTY, Texas) -- Frio County finally may be rid of the sheriff who refused to resign even after pleading guilty to theft and drug charges in federal court.
Carl Burris' 20 years as sheriff of the rural county south of San Antonio came to an end Monday when he was sentenced to 10 years and a month in prison.
He will get to spend the holidays with his family before reporting to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons in February.
Burris will have to serve at least nine years before becoming eligible for parole for abusing his office. Despite his conviction, he will be able to begin collecting his county pension, from prison, in six years when he turns 60.
The 647 voters who cast ballots for the drug trafficker in the November general election may not be too happy with the punishment doled out by U.S. District Judge H.F. "Hippo" Garcia.
The other 83 percent who voted against him may be glad they can begin working to improve the community's tarnished reputation now that they no longer have a criminal enforcing the law.