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Ex-LA Sheriff Pleads Guilty: Hid Inmate From FBI Who Knew About Brutality and Corruption at Jail

The corrupt and brutal ex-Sheriff gets a "sweetheart deal" from prosecutors — "other charges" will not be pursued and the brutal cover up artist faces only six months in jail.

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Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca  (Photo by Scott L.)

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Ex-L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca to plead guilty in jail scandal, his attorney says


By Joel Rubin, Cindy Chang and Harriet Ryan
Retired Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca will plead guilty in a downtown courtroom Wednesday to making false statements, marking a dramatic turn in the ongoing federal investigation into corruption in the Sheriff's Department.

According to a charging document filed by federal prosecutors on Wednesday morning, Baca lied twice about his involvement in hiding an inmate from FBI agents who were investigating brutality and corruption by sheriff's deputies in the county jails.

Baca also lied when he said he was unaware that his subordinates planned to approach an FBI special agent at her home, the document said.

Baca's attorney, Michael Zweibeck, said his client has agreed to plead guilty to a single count as part of a deal with prosecutors that will see him spend no more than six months in prison and possibly no time at all.

The U.S. Attorney's office has agreed not pursue other charges against the former sheriff, and a federal judge must sign off on the deal, Zweibeck said.

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