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About O. P. Carrillo

Olivero P. Carrillo

1924 - 2001

Judge, 229th Judicial District Court
San Diego, Texas

Impeached Jan. 23, 1976

Olivero P. Carrillo received his BA from the University of Texas in 1948, and his JD from St. Mary's University in 1952. He served in the Army during World War II, and was discharged as Sergeant.

Carrillo served as the City Attorney of Benavides from 1954-56, and the County Attorney of Duval County from 1960-70. He was also president of the Benavides Independent School District.

He was elected as Judge of the 229th Judicial District, and took office January 1, 1971. In 1975, an impeachment resolution was approved unanimously by a special House committee and adopted by the whole House. The Texas Senate impeached him and removed him from office in 1976 for abuse of power and misuse of county funds. He and his brother, former Duval County Commissioner Ramiro Carrillo, were convicted of income tax fraud in 1975. Carrillo spent about three years in prison.

Upon his release, Carrillo worked his ranch in Benavides. He spent his last years between his ranch and a home in San Antonio. During the last year of his life, he lived in a nursing home in San Diego, Texas, due to a stroke. He died in an Alice hospital in August 2001 at the age of 77.

Information sources - Texas Judicial Yearbook, 1972; various Associated Press articles and the AP obituary.