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Ex-LA sheriff remains free while appealing conviction

Baca filed an appeal Friday. The 75-year-old had been told to surrender to federal officials on Monday but the filing triggers an automatic stay on that order


Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca will remain out of federal prison — at least temporarily — as he appeals his conviction for trying to derail an FBI investigation into abuses in the nation's largest jail system.

Baca filed an appeal Friday with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal. The 75-year-old had been told to surrender to federal officials on Monday but the filing triggers an automatic stay on that order.

In this May 12, 2017, file photo, former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca leaves federal court in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
In this May 12, 2017, file photo, former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca leaves federal court in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

The appeal comes after a lower court found Baca couldn't prove he wasn't appealing just to delay serving his sentence.

Last month, the appellate court refused to extend Baca's bail while his conviction is appealed, which could take weeks or even months

Baca is facing a three-year sentence for conspiracy, obstruction of justice and lying to investigators.

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