LOS ANGELES (AP) — The downtown Los Angeles courthouse where Charles Manson and Sirhan Sirhan were tried is getting a $244-million makeover after standing vacant for years.

Los Angeles County supervisors on Wednesday approved renovations for the county Hall of Justice. The massive Beaux-Arts structure will be converted into a new sheriff’s headquarters and law-enforcement office building.

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The 14-story granite building was vacated after it was badly damaged by the 1994 Northridge earthquake.

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County spokeswoman Judy Hammond says officials hope to complete the renovations by June 2012.

They’ll be financed through a bond issue partially subsidized by federal stimulus funding.

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