Former Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Undersheriff Paul Tanaka was convicted in connection with a sweeping, federal civil rights investigation of corruption and deputy-on-inmate abuse inside the jail system, which is run by the LASD, reports KABC.
Tanaka was found guilty by a federal jury of obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice.
The jury began deliberating Tuesday afternoon and reached its verdict Wednesday morning.
The 57-year-old was accused of leading a conspiracy to hide jail inmate Anthony Brown after the LASD learned that Brown was an FBI informant, feeding information to the feds about alleged corruption and excessive force against inmates inside Men's Central Jail.
Tanaka, who is the current mayor of Gardena, CA, faces up to 15 years in federal prison when he is sentenced on June 20 by United States District Judge Percy Anderson.