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78 months in federal prison recommended for Carona

Carona1 Probation officers have recommended that former Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona be sentenced to more than six years in prison for witness tampering, according to court documents filed today.

The probation report has been sealed. But the recommendation that Carona serve 78 months in federal prison was revealed in a footnote of a motion filed by prosecutors in response to attempts by Carona’s attorneys to have the conviction thrown out.

Carona was convicted of one count of felony witness tampering in January and acquitted of five other felony charges related to allegations that he misused the powers of his office to enrich himself and others, including his wife and a longtime mistress.

The witness tampering charge relates to Carona's attempts to have former Assistant Sheriff Don Haidl lie to a grand jury that was investigating the sheriff's administration.

The cases were later dropped against the women, and Carona’s attorneys have filed several motions seeking to have the witness tampering conviction thrown out, or at a minimum, a new trial ordered on that lone count.

-- Christine Hanley

Photo: L.A. Times

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Are you kidding me, 78 months for tampering with a witness??? People serve less than 6 months for providing false testimony to a federal court of grand jury. What are they basing their recommendation on?? This probation officer is a nut. No wonder our jails and prisons are full of people. Hopefully the Court will have more sense than the probation officer.

This guy is a crook, who not only abused his position, but did it with complete arrogance and recklessness. He should be going to prison for 20 years.

This kind of crime, by a trusted public official, is exactly what erodes confidence in our system. If you want to see what happens when the public has no confidence in it system of law enforcement just look south of our border and what is happening in Mexico right now.
He abused the most important power we give any public official and should be punished fullest extent allowable.

The recommendation is a joke. He will get little to no jail time before this is done.


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