Crime & Justice

Lee Baca, prosecutors fail to reach new plea deal

 Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca announces his unexpected retirement on January 7, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca announces his unexpected retirement on January 7, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
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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.