Mistrial Declared in Case of Deputy Linked to FBI Probe of L.A. County Jails

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The trial of a sheriff’s deputy accused of obstructing a federal investigation into Los Angeles County jails ended Thursday with a hung jury.


The Twin Towers Correctional Facility in downtown Los Angeles appears in this file photo. (Credit: KTLA)

After two days of deliberations, the jury could not agree on whether to convict James Sexton, 29, for what prosecutors said was his role in hiding an inmate informant from FBI agents.

The mistrial comes as a second trial gets underway involving six L.A. County Sheriff’s Department officials who prosecutors say were part of the plan to move the inmate from jail to jail under various aliases.

Jurors in the Sexton trial signaled early on that they had reached an impasse, sending U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson a note on Wednesday morning, a day after closing arguments.

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