The former Sheriff of Los Angeles County Lee Baca was behind the bars at a federal prison in Wednesday Texas, serving a three-year prison sentence to prevent justice and the FBI.
The 77-year-old sheriff, who has Alzheimer’s disease, was sentenced in May 2017, but remained free pending appeal.
Last month, however, District Judge Percy Anderson issued an order directing Baca to surrender to the US Prison Bureau on or before February 5 – Wednesday. The date was marked on the 21st day following the issue of the mandate submitted by the 9th Court of Circuit Appeals on 15 January.
According to a federal online database of the Bureau of Prisons, Baca is run by Federal Correctional Institution La Tuna, located in Anthony, Texas, just north of El Paso.
Last year the US Supreme Court rejected Baca’s final offer to review its appeal. The disclaimer was expected because the high court only agrees to hear a small percentage of the appeals it receives.
Baca was convicted of conspiracy charges to prevent justice, prevent justice and make false statements. During his two trials, prosecutors described the former family as the best in a multi-party conspiracy, involving his old man, Paul Tanaka, and eight representatives who took orders from the sheriff.
Baca – who was running the division of the largest sheriff in the nation for more than 15 years – was tried in December 2016 for a ban on justice and conspiracy to prevent counting of justice, and second trial prosecutors planned on false statements.
But a verdict was declared after jurors had been locked 11-1 in favor of acquitted, and the center judge in Los Angeles put the three counts in the retrial that ended with a Baca conviction. Baca did not take the stand in either trial.
The charges arose from events nine years ago, when a mobile phone was found in the hands of the prisoner / informant at the Men’s Prison. The phone was quickly connected to the FBI by Sheriff delegates, who were conducting a rigorous examination of confidentiality against the residents.
At that point, sheriff officers closed ranks and began an attempt to stop the investigation that was concealed at that time by the turned informant concealing from federal prosecutors, who issued a summons for his grand appearance. the jury.
Baca was elected sheriff in 1998 and re-elected three times. It was about to re-run in 2014, but as a result of federal indictments not sealed in December 2013, an excessive force in the prisons and a stay of that investigation, it retired the following month.
In addition to the 10 persons convicted of a Barr case conspiracy, 11 other members of the sheriff department were also convicted of various offenses disclosed during the FBI investigation.
During arguments before Pasadena appeals panel, allegedly attacking Benjamin Coleman attorney that Anderson, the trial judge in the case, abused his discretion by preventing jurors from obtaining evidence of the former sheriff’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis.
Coleman argued that all of Barr’s criminal convictions could be affected by the ruling and urged the appeal panel to set aside the guilty judgments.
But the court found that the trial court did not abuse its discretion by refusing as unreliable evidence about the extent of the impact of the disease on Baca when it understood to investigators.
Coleman argued that the direct result of Baca’s conviction for false statements during an FBI interview in 2013 was the mild impairment caused by the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Baca was diagnosed with the disease in May 2014.
During the FBI interview, which focused on events in 2011, Baca was found guilty because he could not “remember every single minus from two years previously,” alleging Coleman.
Prosecutors responded that while Barriers could be in the early stages of the disease in 2013, an expert witness of defense itself could not prove that the former member was likely to suffer from memory at the time of the interview.
“What the jury finally decided was that he was a man who believed he was over the law but that he was not,” the Assistant Attorney Bram Alden said during the appeal.