Marcus Pena
(Austin Co. Jail)

The former Tax Assessor-Collector for Austin County is requesting leniency in his sentence for theft.

Marcus Pena will appear in the Bellville Courthouse, August 27th for a public hearing where he will request ‘shock probation’.

Pena was sentenced in March to ten years in prison and ordered to pay $275,000 restitution for stealing money from the county and misusing tax payer dollars.

According to District Attorney Travis Koehn, Pena may request shock probation as a defendant who was sentenced to 10 years or less and completed six months of his sentence.

The 40-year old Pena lost his reelection bid to current Tax Assessor-Collector Kim Rinn, who discovered the discrepancies once she took office.

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