SANTA ANA (CBS) — Former Orange County sheriff Michael Carona surrendered to a federal prison in Colorado Tuesday on a witness-tampering conviction.

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Carona turned himself in to the Englewood prison in Littleton, Colo., about 8:30 a.m., according to Chris Burke of the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Carona has remained free on bond pending an appeal that was rejected by a federal appeals court earlier this month.

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 (4)
  1. So what!! says:

    He knows better, he should of got more!!!!!

  2. Mini Mousekat says:

    I dont think that cops that commit crimes should go to federal prison. This is just too easy for them. It’s like they are protected. He should be sent to a regular prison and be treated like a regular prisoner.

  3. PHIL YAMAMOTO says:

    It’s sad to see people self destruct. Carona and Jaramillo had it all, take home cars (in their case take home Chevy Tahoes), credit cards, status. Instead of retiring to politics or the federal bench in Jaramillo’s case, they drove their lives over a cliff. Ego and self pride plus not doing the right thing is why they are where they are today. Carona still draws a $20,000 monthly retirement for life, so, doing time in a Federal prison camp won’t be that hard compared to other prisons. Carona got off easy compared to what he would have received if he was convicted on all counts.

  4. duh says:

    On the scale of what you normally read in the news each, Mike was convicted of something fairly benign (again, in comparison). It doesn’t matter where he serves his time, what pension he is drawing, or anything else. His career was taken away, he’s a convicted felon, and he will be removed from society for a period of time. I’m good with that much. There are people who kill others while driving drunk that get better deals. That’s where our disappointment should be focused. Let Mike do his time , and live out the rest of his life. I wish him no further ill-will.


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