After a day and a half of deliberations, a federal jury found former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca guilty Wednesday, March 15, 2017.

By Susan Abram, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 03/15/17 – 2:10 PM PDT |

Once the head of the largest law enforcement agency of its kind in the nation, former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca was found guilty by a federal jury Wednesday of obstruction of justice, conspiracy to obstruct justice and giving false statements in connection with an investigation into corruption and excessive use of force inside the Men’s Central Jail.

Baca, 74, appeared solemn as the court clerk read the jury’s verdict on each count. His wife, Carol, who attended court every day, also offered no reaction.

Baca’s conviction could put him behind bars for up to 20 years.

The eight men and four women of the jury made their decision following almost two days of deliberation after a nearly two-week trial inside a downtown Los Angeles federal courtroom.

The charges against Baca stemmed from an FBI investigation of inmate abuse within Men’s Central Jail in 2011. Prosecutors set out to prove that Baca led efforts to thwart the investigation by hiding an inmate-turned-informant named Anthony Brown within the jail system, so the FBI could no longer interview him. They said he also allowed two sheriff’s sergeants to threaten the lead FBI agent with arrest in front of her home.

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