Ex-LA County Sheriff Lee Baca sentenced to three years in prison in jail corruption scandal – Los Angeles Times

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca has been sentenced to three years in prison, marking an end to a corruption scandal that has roiled the Sheriff’s Department for several years.

Baca was ordered Friday to surrender to federal prison officials by July 25, although he is expected to ask to remain free on bail while he pursues an appeal. No decision has been made on where he will serve his sentence. His defense attorney requested that he be assigned to a camp in Taft, Calif., or barring that, a camp in Oregon.

In going after Baca, federal prosecutors meticulously worked their way up the department’s ranks, charging lower-level figures and members of Baca’s command staff before bringing charges against the sheriff himself.

When Baca struck a deal with prosecutors last year, he agreed to spend six months in prison for lying about his role in a plot to obstruct an FBI probe into county jails.


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