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Former No. 2 in L.A. Sheriff's office surrenders to prison to serve 5-year sentence

Former No. 2 in L.A. Sheriff's office surrenders to prison to serve 5-year sentence

Former Los Angeles County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka surrendered Monday to federal authorities in Colorado to begin serving a five-year prison sentence for conspiracy and obstructing an FBI investigation into deputy jail abuses.

Tanaka, who as the second-in-command ran day-to-day operations of the largest sheriff’s department in the nation, began serving his term at a minimum-security camp in Englewood, Colo., said his lawyer, H. Dean Steward.

“Paul is a very stoic guy, and he continues in that vein throughout all of this,” Steward said. “We’re all deeply saddened by it on the defense team, but … he showed up on time as...

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