Sheriff candidate guilty on 14 tampering charges

A jury on Friday found Cameron County sheriff candidate and former Indian Lake Police Chief John Chambers guilty on 14 counts of tampering with government records.

Chambers was arrested Feb. 23, 2015, by officers with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) and investigators from the Cameron County District Attorney’s Office.

The jury agreed with investigators and prosecutors that Chambers created false entries in governmental records concerning firearms qualification for some of his deputies on or about Jan. 13, 2015.

Former Indian Lake police officer Alfredo Avalos testified Chambers directed him to make false entries on the firearms qualifications.

The trial was held before 103rd state District Court Judge Janet Leal.