This is the end of an era. Lee Baca is going to prison.
Baca initially struck a deal with prosecutors last year, agreeing to serve six months in prison for lying about his role in a plot to obstruct an FBI probe into abuses at Los Angeles County Jails, and in exchange he would avoid facing more serious charges at a trial with the possibility of even more time behind bars. That deal eventually fell apart, and Baca ended up losing the trial he had hoped to avoid.
Baca, who is 74 years old and in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, received his sentence in the same courtroom where he was found guilty in March of obstruction of justice, conspiracy, and the same lying charge he was ready to cop to in order to avoid doing serious time in jail.