Baca Sentencing Set For May

Former L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca has been ordered to appear in federal court May 15 for sentencing.

Baca was convicted last week of conspiracy to obstruction justice, obstruction of justice, and making false statements, and though it's extremely unlikely, he could face a statutory maximum sentence of up to 20-years in prison.

In court papers Baca's defense attorneys argued they needed even more time to prepare for sentencing, in large part because of the former Sheriff's Alzheimer's disease diagnosis.

Baca's lawyers said they planned medical evaluations by two doctors and the results could have an impact on the prison term.

Federal prosecutors said a pre-sentencing report was already been researched and prepared by probation officers last summer -- just before Baca withdrew a guilty plea to one of the charges.

Baca was the tenth former member of the Sheriff's Department to be convicted in a scheme in 2011 to try to interfere with a grand jury investigation of civil rights abuses inside County jails.

-- Eric Leonard (@LeonardFiles)

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