Ex-deputies turn themselves in to sheriff
RAYMONDVILLE — Two former Willacy County Sheriff’s deputies turned themselves in yesterday following indictments handed down after a year-long state investigation.
Former Sgt. Guillermo Salinas and former investigator John Reyes each posted $15,000 bonds after turning themselves in to the sheriff’s department.
Salinas and Reyes each face a charge of tampering with a government record, a second-degree felony.
“I’m glad to see they came in and turn themselves it. It looks good they turned themselves in,” Spence said late yesterday afternoon.
Salinas and Reyes are expected to be arraigned March 20.
“They look pretty good. They seem in good spirits,” Spence said. “It seems like they have confidence in their attorneys.”
The indictments stem from a Texas Rangers investigation into the possible theft of overtime paid through the Stone Garden and Border Star grants, which pay officers overtime to work high-crime areas.
As part of the investigation, the Texas Rangers requested grant records filed between August and November 2016.
The case marks the first time the department has had any problems with the grants, Spence said.
Spence described the former deputies as “good officers.”
“For their sake and the department, we hope for a good outcome,” Spence said of the case.
Salinas, who had worked with the sheriff’s department for about 20 years, managed the two grants while serving as a sergeant, supervisor and investigator.
In March 2017, Salinas resigned to move to Colorado, where his wife was working.
Reyes, who had worked for the department for about15 years, was as a patrolman assigned to work as an investigator.
More than two weeks ago, Reyes resigned following a knee surgery resulting from an injury last November.