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Two more sentenced in South Bay probe

Two defendants in the corruption case involving South Bay-area school officials received three years of summary probation, up to $5,000 in fines and were ordered to perform 80 hours of community service.

Former Southwestern College governing board members Jorge Dominguez and Yolanda Salcido were each sentenced Tuesday on single misdemeanor charges.

Both pleaded guilty to reduced charges in the "pay-for-play" criminal case; Superior Court Judge Ana Espana handed down the sentences.

The sentencing for Manuel Paul, former San Ysidro School District superintendent, was continued to June 24.

Dominguez -- who initially faced charges including filing false instrument, perjury by declaration, receiving gifts as a public official in excess of the legal amount, accepting a bribe and conflict of interest -- had earlier pleaded down to one felony count of accessory to a crime.

Espana further reduced the charge at his sentencing to a misdemeanor, which can be done at her discretion on a charge of accessory.

Salcido faced similar initial charges, with the additional charges for accepting a bribe and wrongful influence by a public official. She had earlier pleaded guilty in a plea deal on one misdemeanor count of filing a false instrument.

Dominguez, Salcido and Paul were each included in the 15 defendants named by the indictment rolled out in January 2013, which detailed alleged gift-giving to various South Bay school officials in position to vote on construction contract awards.

All but three of the 15 have pleaded to lesser charges, and have either been sentenced or are scheduled to be sentenced by June.

The remaining defendants scheduled for April 28 trials include Bertha Lopez and James Cartmill, both active Sweetwater Union High School District governing board members, and Seville Construction Services President Jeffrey Flores.

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