Crime & Justice

Judge delays sentencing of ex-OC Assistant Sheriff Don Haidl

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A federal judge in Santa Ana today delayed the sentencing of former Orange County Assistant Sheriff Don Haidl.

Haidl cut a deal with federal prosecutors and pleaded guilty to providing false information on a tax return.

He agreed to wear a wire and record conversations with former Sheriff Mike Carona. Those tapes became a central part of the corruption case against Carona. The tapes helped lead to the former sheriff’s conviction on a single witness-tampering charge.

U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Guilford said he doesn't plan to send Haidl to prison. Instead, he said he wants Haidl to do community service and pay a $40,000 fine.

The judge delayed Haidl's sentencing until March 15 so probation officers may have time to determine community service options.