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|March 29, 2017|
LA County’s former top cop may be prison-bound
LOS ANGELES – (INT) - Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca was convicted Wednesday of leading a conspiracy to obstruct justice by overseeing a scheme designed to impede a federal investigation into corruption and civil rights abuses at county jail facilities.
Baca was also convicted of lying to federal investigators when he denied knowledge of key aspects of the obstruction plot.
After about two days of deliberations, a federal jury found that Baca authorized and condoned a scheme that now has resulted in the conviction of 10 former members of the Sheriff’s Department.
During the trial, prosecutors described Baca as being the top figure in the conspiracy, which also involved his right-hand man and deputies who implemented orders from the Sheriff.
The jury convicted Baca on three felony counts: conspiracy to obstruct justice, obstruction of justice and making false statement to federal investigators. As a result of the verdicts, Baca, 74, faces a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison when he is sentenced.
Story Date: March 20, 2017