LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca faces grim options in federal court after a judge rejected a six-month sentence as too lenient for lying to authorities.
Baca can let the judge sentence him Monday to up to five years in prison, or go to trial after talks broke down to work out a new agreement with prosecutors.
Loyola Law School professor Laurie Levenson says there are no great options for the longtime lawman.
The fact that the 74-year-old is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s creates a further layer of difficulty.
Baca pleaded guilty to lying to prosecutors and the FBI during their corruption investigation in the nation’s largest jail system. Prosecutors say Baca and others tried to derail that investigation when they discovered an inmate was an FBI informant.
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