Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca is expected to be sentenced in May after he was found guilty last week of three felony counts related to a jail corruption scandal, federal officials announced Wednesday.
U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson chose May 15 as the date when Baca is due in court. Baca was found guilty by a federal jury of obstruction of justice, conspiracy to obstruct justice and giving false statements in connection with an investigation into corruption and excessive use of force inside the Men’s Central Jail.
Baca’s attorney, Nathan Hochman, has said his client will appeal the decision. Hochman also requested that Baca be examined for Alzheimer’s disease before Anderson imposes the sentence, but prosecutors say that such testing is unnecessary, according to court documents obtained by City News Service on Monday.
The conviction could put him behind bars for up to 20 years.
The charges against him stemmed from an FBI investigation of inmate abuse within Men’s Central Jail in 2011. Prosecutors set out to prove that Baca led efforts to thwart the investigation by hiding an inmate-turned-informant within the jail system, so the FBI could no longer interview him. They said he also allowed two sheriff’s sergeants to threaten the lead FBI agent with arrest in front of her home.
Baca, 74, retired from the sheriff’s department in 2014.
-City News Service contributed to this report