Man Convicted Of Tipping Smugglers Goes To Prison

Jan 14, 2014

A federal judge in Albuquerque has sentenced the husband of a former federal prosecutor to prison on convictions that he leaked word of a smuggling investigation and lied to investigators.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office for Western Texas, 64-year-old Danny Burnett was sentenced Tuesday to just over a year in prison.

Burnett was convicted in September on charges of leaking information about the probe into gun and drug smuggling by top officials in Columbus, N.M. and of giving false information to federal investigators.

Burnett was charged with tipping off then-Police Chief Angelo Vega, whom he had known for decades.

Burnett is the husband of Paula Burnett. She formerly headed the criminal division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for New Mexico.

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