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Former L.A. County Undersheriff Sentenced to 5 Years for Obstruction of Justice

June 27, 2016  | 

Former Los Angeles County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka was sentenced to five years in federal prison Monday after being found guilty in his corruption trial, reports KABC and City News Service.

Tanaka was found guilty in April by a federal jury for obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice. The current mayor of Gardena faces up to 15 years in federal prison.

Prosecutors sought a five-year sentence for Tanaka. The judge also ordered him to serve two years of supervised release after he gets out of prison and pay a $7,500 fine.

The 57-year-old was accused of leading a conspiracy to hide jail inmate Anthony Brown after the sheriff's department learned Brown was an FBI informant, feeding information to the feds about suspected corruption and excessive force against inmates inside the Men's Central Jail.

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kevcopAz @ 6/27/2016 7:58 PM

Based upon what I have read and has been reported this is a just sentence for an arrogant self serving "cop" that needs to be jailed. He embarrassed his department (even though the Sheriff was also a crook) and all of us. The former Sheriff (Baca) is just lucky he has dementia or he might be going to jail too. I am sickened by these holier then thou high ranking people passing judgment on the lower ranking staff while feeding their own egos and pockets thru corrupt activity. Good bye to both of them and I hope they "get it in the end".

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