Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca has failed to reach a new plea deal over his sentence for lying to federal investigators about a jail probe.
Baca pleaded guilty this year to making false statements when he denied knowing that sheriff's officials intended to block the FBI probe into county jail abuses.
The 74-year-old Baca would have faced no more than six months in prison under the deal. But a judge rejected it two weeks ago, calling the sentence too lenient.
On Friday, Baca's lawyer and federal prosecutors were unable to hammer out a new deal.
Attorney Michael Zweiback says Baca will decide Monday whether to withdraw his guilty plea and face a new trial or accept sentencing on a charge that carries a potential five-year sentence.