LA Sheriff’s Deputies in FBI Obstruction Case Get Moderate Prison Sentences
But the man in charge was never even charged. He got to retire.
Six one-time Los Angeles Sheriff’s deputies were sentenced Tuesday to at least two years in prison for conspiracy and obstruction of justice in connection with an FBI investigation into beatings and corruption in the downtown jails.
“You broke the vow you made to protect the public, to protect the community,” U.S. District Court Judge Percy Anderson said during the nearly three-hour hearing. “You didn’t serve the public by concealing what was happening in the jails.”
Their sentences ranged from 21- to 41-months - less than the 28- to 60-months in federal prison the U.S. Attorney’s Office has asked for in court papers.
Even after their conviction and sentencing, the defendants maintained they were just doing their jobs.