According to his attorney, former Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona planned to surrender to authorities on January 25, 2011 to begin serving his 66-month prison sentence for witness tampering.
The man once nicknamed “America’s Sheriff” was convicted of witness tampering after he was secretly taped having a conversation with then-Assistant Sheriff Don Haidl, in which he urged Haidl to lie to a grand jury investigating his administration. Carona appealed the decision and remained free during his legal process.
A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Carona’s conviction on January 6th. Following their decision, U.S. Judge Andrew J.Guilford immediately set a hearing for January 25th to take Carona into custody. However, Carona’s attorneys filed notice that the former sheriff planned to surrender before the hearing.
According to the Daily Journal, on January 21st Assistant U.S. Attorney Brett A. Sagel filed a memo with Judge Guilford saying that the federal prison authorities had determined Carona should serve his sentence at the Englwood federal prison in Littleton, Colorado.
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