Feds indict former Sheriff Lee Baca
A grand jury Friday indicted former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca on federal charges alleging that he conspired to obstruct justice, obstructed justice, and lied to the federal government.
Baca, 74, of San Marino, could be sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Baca had previously pled guilty to lying to the FBI, but withdrew the plea after a federal judge said the government’s proposed sentence of six months was too light.
Attorneys for Baca say the former Sheriff suffers from Alzheimer’s Disease and would suffer greatly if sentenced to federal prison. He was charged Friday in a three-count superseding indictment, with one count of conspiracy to obstruct a federal grand jury investigation, one count of obstruction of justice, and one count of making false statements.
If convicted on all counts, the total maximum Baca faces is 20 years in federal prison.
Baca is expected to be arraigned on the superseding indictment at a later date in United States District Court in Los Angeles.