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Uresti resigns from state Senate

June 18, 2018 GMT

Four months after his felony conviction, state Sen. Carlos Uresti announced today he will step down from office effective Thursday.

Uresti is scheduled to be sentenced June 26 after being found guilty in February by a federal jury on 11 felony charges in connection with his involvement in a now-defunct San Antonio oilfield-services company that defrauded investors.

The San Antonio Democrat has indicated he will appeal his conviction.

“The recent events have had a significant impact on my life, my family and my constituents,” Uresti said in a statement. “I need to attend to my personal matters and properly care for my family. So, keeping in mind the best interests of my constituents and my family, I believe it to be most prudent that I step down from my elected office to focus on these important issues.”

Uresti said he is asking Gov. Greg Abbott to call a special election on the next uniformed election date to fill the vacant Senate District 19 seat.

This article will be updated later today.

Patrick Danner is a San Antonio Express-News staff writer. Read more of his stories here. | pdanner@express-news.net | Twitter: @AlamoPD