Lorenzo Zazueta-Castro

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Lorenzo Zazueta-Castro covers immigration and federal courts for The Monitor. He can be reached at lzazueta@themonitor.com or (956) 683-4452.

Notice of appeal filed in ex-priest’s murder conviction

EDINBURG — In what can be seen as a procedural move, John Feit's defense attorney filed a notice of appeal earlier this week, according to...

USA Now director, employee plead guilty in Ponzi scheme case

McALLEN — Mexican investors seeking a path to the United States found themselves the victims of a multi-million-dollar Ponzi scheme tied to an EB-5...

Mexican woman sentenced to prison in cocaine smuggling attempt

McALLEN — The third time attempting to smuggle drugs into the United States was not the charm for a Mexican woman.On Wednesday, a federal...

Five-year sentence for man caught with cocaine at port of entry

McALLEN — A federal district judge sentenced a 41-year-old man to more than five years in prison for his role in an attempt to...

Edinburg man faces up to 10 years in federal gun case

McALLEN — A Cold War era rifle could land a convicted felon in federal prison for up to 10 years.Ismael “Smiley” Tovar-Zavala, an Edinburg...

Murder victim’s sister seeks break in cold case

McALLEN — The last time Elizabeth Garza saw her younger brother was inside her north McAllen home.It was around Christmastime 2008 when Walton G....

Local men plead guilty to Medicare fraud scheme

McALLEN — Two Rio Grande Valley men face a minimum 10 years in federal prison in connection with a scheme the two allegedly ran...

Jurors come to split decision in San Juan officers’ drug trial

McALLEN — Jurors in the federal trial against two San Juan police officers came to a split decision during its sixth day Monday, according...

Man gets 18 months in human smuggling case

McALLEN — All he had to do was drop off a group of undocumented immigrants at a local carwash and he would receive a...

Catholic state prosecutor in ex-priest’s murder trial balanced faith with duty

EDINBURG — Nearly a week removed from getting a conviction in a historic trial, even exhaling proved challenging.After all, securing a conviction in what...