In 2011, the FBI began an investigation into inmate abuse inside the Males’s Central Jail, which is run by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Division.
That probe set off a scandal and tried cowl-up inside the division that reached the very best officer — then-Sheriff Lee Baca.
Now, roughly six years later, the previous prime cop of L.A. County, his second-in-command and greater than a dozen different division officers have been convicted on costs associated to both obstruction of justice or jail abuse.
Because of the FBI investigation, 21 present or former members of the Sheriff’s Division have been convicted of federal expenses. These embrace the next former members of the LASD:
Former sheriff and undersheriff convicted for obstruction of justice
• Former Sheriff Leroy Baca was convicted on Wednesdayof obstructing justice, conspiring to impede justice and giving false statements. He’s are scheduled for sentencing later this yr.
• Former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka was discovered responsible on April 6, 2016, of two felony offenses — conspiring to impede justice and a substantive rely of obstructing justice. He was sentenced to 5 years in federal jail.
Different convictions associated to obstruction of justice
• Former Lt. Gregory Thompson, who was ordered to serve 37 months in jail for obstructing justice
• Former Lt. Stephen Leavins, who acquired a forty one-month jail sentence for obstructing justice
• Gerard Smith, who was ordered to serve 21 months in jail for obstructing justice
• Mickey Manzo, who acquired a two-yr jail sentence for obstructing justice
• Former Sgt. Scott Craig, who was sentenced to 33 months for obstructing justice
• Former Sgt. Maricela Lengthy, who was sentenced to 2 years in federal jail for obstructing justice
• James Sexton, who was sentenced to 18 months in jail for obstructing justice
• Gilbert Michel, who was sentenced to 6 months in jail within the bribery case
• Joey Aguiar, who was sentenced to 18 months in jail for falsifying reviews associated to a use-of-drive incident
• Mariano Ramirez, who was sentenced to thirteen months in jail, who was convicted with Aguiar
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• Former Sgt. Eric Gonzalez, who was sentenced to eight years in jail for his conviction on civil rights costs associated to the beating of a customer to the Males’s Central Jail
• Fernando Luviano, who was sentenced to seven years in jail for beating a jail customer
• Sussie Ayala, who was sentenced to 6 years in jail for the beating of a jail customer
• Richard Piquette, who was sentenced on a firearms cost
5 different defendants are scheduled for sentencing later this yr.
Supply: U.S. Division of Justice