Former L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca was sentenced to three years in prison last week.
Baca was found guilty of obstructing a federal investigation into corruption in the L.A. County jail while he was supervising the facility.
Baca’s lawyer tried to argue that the 74-year-old Baca has early stage Alzheimer disease, according to CNN. They had requested house arrest and community service in lieu of jail time.
Rather than fulfill his sworn duty to uphold the law and protect the public, Lee Baca made a decision to protect what he viewed as his empire, and then he took actions in an effort to simply protect himself.
— US Attorney Sandra Brown
The U.S. Attorney’s office said that Baca was the 10th member of the sheriff’s department convicted in the obstruction scheme.
Baca will join former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka who was earlier sentenced to five years in federal prison.