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Former L.A. Sheriff Diagnosed With Alzheimer's, Still Faces 6 Months in Prison

June 21, 2016  | 

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca (Photo: LASD)
Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca (Photo: LASD)

Former Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca has been diagnosed with early-stage Alzheimer's disease, according to court documents filed Monday, reports the Los Angeles Daily News.

The diagnosis was revealed less than a month before Baca's sentencing in federal court for lying to federal authorities investigating corruption in the sheriff's department.

The 74-year-old Baca, who commanded the largest sheriff's department in the nation for 16 years before his abrupt retirement in 2014, also was known as a fitness buff who loved running.

The court filing that revealed Baca's diagnosis, written by prosecutors, says the former sheriff's cognitive impairment is mild for now but that "his long-term prognosis is bleak."

They're asking that Baca be sentenced to six months in prison, the maximum allowed under his plea agreement.

Comments (4)

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kevcopAz @ 6/21/2016 4:27 PM

Whats with the "five star" crap on LAPD and LASO? They look like Idi Amin the phony African dictator from Uganda years ago. What will they do next present themselves with the "chief medal" and wear a Royal sash ?? They have to one up every other large department in the USA? If they look at military ranks we have had only a handful of 5 star Generals/Admirals ever and that is an exsemplery rank honoring the one who did great things and has great leadership, not an elected official that runs even a large police department .This looks silly, if they want to look more important they should just change the collar emblem to something completely different, some places use the word Chief or Sheriff on the collar. Perhaps using the "silver" rather then gold like our armed forces do for say a Major vs light Colonel or Navy Lt. Commander vs full Commander Does the NYPD Commissioner wear 6 stars? NO, only the 4 that he or she earned while in uniform. All this looks like is "look at me" crap.

retired1996 @ 6/21/2016 4:46 PM

The rank structure of executives in LASD is as follows. Commander 1 star, Chief 2 stars, Asst. Sheriff, 3 stars, Under sheriff, 4 stars, and Sheriff 5 stars.. The LAPD chief only wear 4 stars... I think the Sheriff of LA County is the only dept. where 5 stars are worn, but then again its the largest SO in the country..

Old Deputy @ 6/21/2016 5:43 PM

Kev, the number of stars on the class A and the full dress uniform is related to the number of sworn officers under his or her command. Uniform across the country.

Clay @ 6/24/2016 8:29 AM

It's too bad he will not remember being in jail!

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