- Title: Former Los Angeles sheriff convicted on corruption charges
- Date: 15th March 2017
- Summary: VARIOUS EXTERIORS OF FEDERAL COURT IN LOS ANGELES
- Embargoed: 29th March 2017 23:53
- Keywords: Lee Baca Los Angeles Sheriff Corruption Sentencing
- Location: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES
- City: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Topics: Crime/Law/Justice,Judicial Process/Court Cases/Court Decisions
- Reuters ID: LVA002682OX9H
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- Story Text: Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca was convicted on Wednesday (March 15) on federal charges stemming from what prosecutors said was an attempt to thwart a federal investigation into corruption at his department.
Baca, 74, was convicted on one count each of obstruction of justice, conspiracy to obstruct justice and lying to federal agents, Federal Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said.
He faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, although federal sentencing guidelines typically call for less time.
The verdicts came in Baca's second trial on the charges. A mistrial was declared in the first trial in December after a jury deadlocked.
Baca pleaded guilty in February 2016 to one count of lying to federal investigators, but withdrew that plea six months later after a federal judge ruled that the six-month prison term prosecutors recommended as part of the plea agreement was too lenient.
Baca retired in 2014 in the midst of the corruption probe, which has led to 17 convictions.
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