Citing the coronavirus, ex-L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca asks for release from prison

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Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca is seen in this undated file photo. (Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca is seen in this undated file photo. (Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

Citing the threat of the novel coronavirus, former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca has asked a federal judge to release him from a Texas prison while he fights to have his conviction tossed out.

Baca, who was found guilty of thwarting a federal investigation into his department’s scandal-plagued jail system, is less than two months into a three-year prison term.

“Mr. Baca is nearly 78 years old and has Alzheimer’s disease. He is part of the population most vulnerable to the virus,” the motion filed by Baca’s San Diego-based attorney, Benjamin L. Coleman, said.

The filing notes that President Trump said earlier this month that the government was considering releasing “nonviolent prisoners due to the grave risk of the virus spreading in a prison environment.”

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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