, the 64-year-old former Guatemalan judge arrested while on a Disney cruise ship docked in Florida two years ago, became the first person sentenced in the Federal probe into
Trujillo had pleaded guilty to wire fraud and conspiracy and taking almost $200,000 of bribes in exchange for the commercial rights to Guatemala's home qualifiers for
the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, had asked to be allowed to return home, but U.S. District Judge Pamela Chen
sentenced him to eight months in Federal prison.
His attorneys argued that
Trujillo, who has been living in Florida since his arrest, was a minor figure in the case and had suffered enough, his judicial reputation tarnished by his indictment.
guidelines called for a sentence of 33-41 months, but Chen cited the punishment of U.S. Representative Michael Grimm
of New York for tax evasion in making her decision.
who happened to be on a family cruise when the second wave of indictments came down in December 2015, was one of three Guatemalans indicted.
Former Guatemalan soccer federation president
has pleaded guilty. A third Guatemalan, former FIFA executive committee member Rafael Salguero
, was also indicted.
The trial of three men -- former Conmebol
president Juan Angel Napout
, former Brazilian soccer federation Jose Maria Marin
and former Peruvian soccer federation president Manuel Burga
-- is scheduled to begin Nov. 16.
Others awaiting sentencing include
former Concacaf president Jeffrey Webb
The same Federal district
court in Brooklyn is where the civil suit pitting the NASL against U.S. Soccer is being heard.