Mike Carona, Disgraced Ex-Sheriff, Loses Appeal, Set to Stay in Prison Through End of '15

Categories: Court, Crime-iny

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It appears our long regional nightmare is over: disgraced ex-sheriff Mike Carona has apparently run out of appeals of his 5 1/2-year federal prison sentence for witness tampering.

Carona has now lost in district court in Santa Ana and twice before appeal courts in his attempt to overturn his conviction or reduce his sentence, meaning he must stay in the federal prison in Littleton, Colo., through Nov. 8, 2015.

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"Mike Carona remains a convicted felon and will serve out his 66-month prison term," reacted Assistant U.S. Attorney Brett Sagel, the federal prosecutor on the case that had the former Orange County sheriff skate on other corruption counts.

The latest U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling appears to end Carona's legal options for early release, Sagel added to City News Service.

Lawyers for "America's Sheriff," as Larry King once dubbed Carona, tried to argue that U.S. District Judge Andrew Guilford should have considered in sentencing the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Skilling v. United States, which narrowed the legal definition of kickbacks and bribes.

Carona, who was convicted in January 2009 of attempting to convince former (and now deceased) assistant sheriff Don Haidl to lie during a federal grand jury probe, should have been punished not for witness tampering and bribery but conflict of interest and receipt of unauthorized compensation, which would have reduced his sentence to somewhere
between 2-2 1/2 years behind bars, his attorney argued in April.

Guilford went on to reject that motion, saying the conviction was not influenced by the Skilling case and, even if it was, the judge had the right to impose a 5 1/2-year sentence based on Carona's "high position of trust as an elected law enforcement official, and his betrayal of that trust."

"The investigation was looking into possible bribery," agreed the 9th Circuit. "Whether Carona actually committed or was convicted of bribery is immaterial. ... The sentence imposed was not substantively unreasonable."

What's good for the George apparently isn't good for the gander: George Jaramillo, another former assistant sheriff of Carona's, had his corruption conviction overturned by a federal appellate panel based on the Skilling case.

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cheaterville
cheaterville

Hey Carona, deputy joseph jerome langhorne carries on your womanizing tradition at OCSD 

Omar David Sanchez
Omar David Sanchez

Str8 up! I hope one day folks get a movement going and repeal the cops' bill of rights. I hope one day that just like they do gang enhancement charges on known gang members one day we'll have a crooked cop enhancement. Where they'll enhance charges against dirty cops.

Sean Soto
Sean Soto

Paul Abbaszadeh excuse me?! Are you an imbecile?!

Paul Abbaszadeh
Paul Abbaszadeh

Mike Carona is a true American hero...FREE Carona! Sean Soto Laura Miller

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

It is truly glorious when corrupt cops and politicians are sent to prison.


Anthony 'Ace' Leon
Anthony 'Ace' Leon

If he is prison and made a crime then he should get his pension at all period why make a tougher laws for fucking cops besides us....WHY NOT..

Federico Enzenhofer
Federico Enzenhofer

I am concern about the fact that he will be still entitled to a pension. A convicted felon?

Patrick Goldberg
Patrick Goldberg

O and get $90k every year for the rest of your life for a service that he completely f*cked up on!

Patrick Goldberg
Patrick Goldberg

It must be nice to be a scumbag in a government position and have the ability to avoid what others would get if they did the same exact amount of crimes.

Patrick Goldberg
Patrick Goldberg

I wish, too bad he'll be in a special federal prison with catered meals, table tennis, and is probably nicer than a slummy hotel.

Jason Roberson
Jason Roberson

Like he gives a fuck! He is still getting 20 grand a month in tax payer funding.

Truth
Truth

We'll his cohort Frank Casco was just put in prison as well. This Costa Rican citizen who passed himself off as a US citizen who was a Caron supporter and fund raiser was just incarcerated for two years. Since we all know the law regarding convicted felons who are also of questionable immiigration status once his time is done he will be safely back in Costa Rica. With no chance of return. However, the other federal issues regarding Carona et al could be very interesting.

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

But even the judges are corrupt because they are nothing more than lawyers in black robes appointed to the bench by someone else.

Sean Soto
Sean Soto

According to Paul Abbaszadeh, Carona is an American hero.

Lon Hall
Lon Hall

unfortunately, Sean, it appears that serious, true punishment doesn't exist for those who fuck the public trust.

Lon Hall
Lon Hall

one down, countless more to go.

Mickey McCloud
Mickey McCloud

Just get him in prison, let the prisoners handle it ;)

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

Mike Carona - the asshole Sheriff harassing me while I was working on Colombian police projects. Loses again. More court loses to come traitor.

Judy Case
Judy Case

Finally. But man he really has bilked the system with all of his crap. Now if we could just get the rest of the corrupt cops in OC off the streets....

gluestickbiggins
gluestickbiggins

are you Iranian or Persian? lol ,I suppose you refer to yourself as Persian, well either way I feel for you that must truly suck

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