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SAN ANGELO, Texas (AP) — A former West Texas police chief was sentenced Friday to 15 1/2 years in prison for taking bribes for a multimillion-dollar contract for a city vendor.

A federal judge sentenced former San Angelo police Chief Timothy Ray Vasquez, 52, in San Angelo after a jury in March convicted him of bribery and mail fraud.

U.S. District Judge James Wesley Hendrix also fined Vasquez $35,000.

Vasquez was police chief from 2004 to 2016 before losing a bid for reelection while targeted by federal investigators. He was indicted in January 2020.

Federal prosecutors presented evidence that Vasquez used his position as police chief to help a radio system vendor land a city contract worth almost $6 million. In return, the vendor paid more than $175,000 to Vasquez and provided him with the use of luxury suites at sporting events and a rock concert, as well as a San Antonio condo.

Vasquez could have been sentenced to up to 70 years in prison.

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Organizers of the Shoe City Basketball Tournament decided to cancel the event after a 25-year-old man fired several shots in the parking lot of a middle school where they were holding it on Friday, Aug. 5, authorities said. 

Canseco Morillo, 25, is accused of firing multiple times as he ran away from Thurgood Marshall Middle School just after 10:30 p.m., Lynn police said. The parking lot was full of people and cars, but, luckily, no one was shot, police said. Two cars were hit by bullets, and a woman was injured by flying glass when a bullet crashed through the windshield of her car and into the passenger seat headrest, police said. 

Morillo got into an argument with someone in the parking lot that escalated to violence, police said. Security video shows him running away from the fight when he turns and fires multiple shots toward the crowded area, police said. Officers arrested him on Saturday. 

The gunshots caused people to panic and run away from the area. 

As city leaders tried to work out a new schedule for the Shoe City tournament, but organizers decided to pull the plug on the event, Lynn Mayor Jared Nicholson tweeted

"While we are very disappointed that this happened and the consequences, including the loss of a beloved tournament, we must continue to put everyone's safety first," the mayor said. "We very much appreciate the longtime commitment and leadership of the tournament organizers. We also feel for those impacted by last night's traumatic events."

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