Beaumont attorney Glen Engle made a last minute guilty plea for tampering with court records and was sentenced to six months in the Jefferson County Jail. Engle also pleaded guilty to impersonating a public servant and was sentenced to two years in prison.
The plea came only one day after Engle pleaded not guilty and a trial began.
In February 2011, Engle allegedly presented a forged affidavit to 58th District Court Judge Bob Wortham during a hearing concerning a child custody case.
On May 22, Judge Wortham testified that he believed the affidavit to be a forgery, prompting him to take investigative action and ultimately notify the authorities.
"I felt obligated by the mechanics of ethics to report (the affidavit) to the (Jefferson County) District Attorney's Office," Wortham testified.
A Jefferson County grand jury indicted Engle in April 2011 for impersonating a public official by using the name of his brother's ex-girlfriend to get a notary public certificate.
Missouri City attorney Jimmie Brown represents Engle.
Attorney Ed Shettle, first assistant of criminal division, represents the state.
Judge John Stevens of the Criminal District Court presided over the trial.