Convicted in '09 for witness tampering

SANTA ANA (CBS/AP) — The former top cop in Orange County said on Friday he will surrender to federal prison before a court date next week.

Former Orange County sheriff Michael Carona plans to surrender to a federal prison in Colorado on a witness-tampering conviction before he is due in court Tuesday.

Carona’s attorney Brian Sun says in a letter filed in court Friday by prosecutors that the former three-term lawman intends to surrender at the Federal Correctional Institution Englewood in Littleton, Colo., before a scheduled hearing Jan. 25 in Santa Ana.

A federal appeals court this month upheld Carona’s 2009 conviction on witness tampering.

Carona had been indicted on federal charges of conspiracy, mail fraud and witness tampering in a sweeping public corruption case, but was acquitted of all but one charge.

He was sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison.

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Comments (5)
  1. duh says:

    “America’s Sheriff”. Time to man-up, Mike. I don’t know -exactly- what you did, no one really does. You were good at keeping the details invisible, but like many of the ‘smarter than usual’ criminals you put away for 3 terms, there was enough smoke to convict on. Let’s be honest and say you likely got away with a LOT more than you were eventually convicted of., and it’s time to pay for at least that much. Git ‘r done!


  2. Corrupt Cops says:

    Jurors let this Corrupt cop off the hook.. Imagine had he been convicted of ALL the charges brought against him? He’ld be serving 25+ years to life in prison.. Consider yourself lucky Carona..

  3. Paul Allen Fullen says:

    What another cop is sent to jail that is a miracle, what someone gives one of the crooked cops jail time for a crime thy did must have been to large to sweep under the rug?Thats only one in thousands keeo up the good work!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Higher Life Form says:

    This guy had such potential, The power got to him I’m sure. He’ll write a book in federal prison (easy time) and be just fine when he’s out.

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