Former Orange County sheriff ready to surrender to serve prison time

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In this Oct. 30, 2007, file photo, former Orange County Sheriff Michael Carona smiles during an interview at the Orange County Sheriff's headquarters in Santa Ana, Calif.

Former Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona will be behind bars soon. Carona reportedly plans to surrender and begin serving time in the next few days.

Two years ago a jury convicted Carona on a single count of witness tampering. The jury cleared him of other corruption charges, though.

Carona’s attorneys appealed the conviction, but failed to get the verdict overturned. Now Carona faces his 5 and a half year prison sentence.

A judge has scheduled a Tuesday hearing on the matter in Orange County. But a letter that prosecutors filed in court says Carona plans to surrender himself to a federal prison in Littleton, Colo., sometime before Tuesday’s hearing.

Carona's attorney says he can't comment about when the former sheriff will turn himself in.

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