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Judge throws out ex-L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca's plea deal, saying six months in prison not enough

Judge throws out ex-L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca's plea deal, saying six months in prison not enough

A federal judge on Monday threw out a plea agreement that would have given former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca a maximum of six months in prison, saying the sentence was too lenient considering Baca’s role in obstructing an FBI investigation into the county jails.

Addressing a downtown courtroom packed with Baca’s supporters, U.S. District Court Judge Percy Anderson said the deal “would trivialize the seriousness of the offenses … the need for a just punishment [and] the need to deter others.” 

Baca, 74, had pleaded guilty in February to a single charge of lying to federal investigators. But the...

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