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Ex-Sheriff Lee Baca asks 9th Circuit to let him remain free during appeal

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 12, 2017 - Former Los Angeles County sheriff Lee Baca with his wife Carol Chia
Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, his wife and attorneys depart courthouse after his May sentencing.
(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca will avoid prison for a little bit longer as his attorneys have asked a federal court to let him remain free while his corruption conviction is appealed.

Baca’s attorneys filed the request with the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday, a day before the 75-year-old former sheriff was scheduled to report to prison for a three-year sentence. Baca’s surrender will be automatically delayed until the court responds.

Baca had asked a lower court Thursday that he be allowed to remain free while his conviction moves through the appeals process. That judge rejected his request.

Baca, who is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, was convicted in March of conspiracy, obstruction of justice and lying to investigators who were probing the jail system he headed.

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