Mike Carona gets five years in the clink

Oh how the tables have turned for “America’s Sheriff” Mike Carona.  He’ll be just another prisoner in our messed up prison system soon enough:

Mike Carona’s fall from “America’s Sheriff” to convicted felon reached bottom Monday as a federal judge gave Orange County’s former top law enforcement officer a half-hour lecture about honesty before sentencing him to 5 1/2 years in prison for attempting to obstruct a grand jury investigation.

“I need a sheriff I can trust,” U.S. District Judge Andrew J. Guilford told Carona. “Lying will not be tolerated in this courtroom, especially by the county’s highest-ranking law enforcement officer.” (LAT 4/28/09)

The bluster and pomposity that was the Mike Carona experience has now been replaced by former LA County deputy sheriff and FBI Academy GraduateSheriff-Coroner Sandra Hutchens.

Orange County is better off with Ms. Hutchens as Sheriff, although I imagine these will be some hard days for Carona.  He does not have a lot of fans in the prisons.

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