Texas sheriff guilty of retaliating against nurses

A West Texas sheriff has been convicted of retaliating against two nurses who complained to state medical regulators about a physician friend of his.

Jurors in Midland returned their verdict Tuesday after deliberating about two hours.

Winkler County Sheriff Robert L. Roberts Jr. was convicted of two counts each of retaliation and misuse of official information, both felonies, and two counts of one misdemeanor charge of official oppression. He faces up to 10 years in prison.

Roberts was accused of retaliating against the nurses after they sent an unsigned letter to the Texas Medical Board about his doctor friend in 2009. The nurses, who alleged the doctor was endangering patients, were later fired and indicted. One was acquitted and charges were dropped against the other.