Former L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca, once one of the most powerful law enforcement officials in the nation, will go on trial for lying to federal agents about his efforts to block a federal investigation into L.A. County jails.
The investigation centered on the beating of jail inmates by sheriff’s deputies.
In February, Baca pleaded guilty to one count of making a false statement to investigators about his role in a sophisticated scheme that included hiding a jail informant from the FBI and threatening a federal agent with arrest. He made a deal with prosecutors that he would serve no more than six months in prison.
But federal Judge Percy Anderson rejected that agreement last month, saying it was too lenient.
Baca, who is in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, could have chosen to go through with his guilty plea, and be subject to whatever sentence Anderson chose. The maximum sentence is five years in federal prison.