Baca Gets 3-Year Sentence for Leading Scheme to Obstruct FBI Investigation

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca and his wife, Carol Chiang, outside the courthouse in December 2016. (ABC7)

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, who was convicted of overseeing a scheme designed to obstruct a federal investigation into corruption and civil rights abuses at county jail facilities, was sentenced May 12 to 36 months in federal prison.

Baca, 74, who also was found guilty of lying to federal investigators, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson.

Anderson, who presided over a series of trials that led to the conviction of 10 former members of the Sheriff’s Department involved in the scheme to obstruct justice, said Baca “knew what he was doing was wrong, and he had no problem using his office to further his own agenda.”

Anderson ordered Baca to begin serving his sentence by July 25. In addition to the prison term, the judge ordered Baca to pay a $7,500 fine.