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'America's Sheriff' Sentenced to 5.5 Years in Prison
After leading the nation's 5th largest Sheriff's Department (second largest in California), Former Orange County Sheriff Michael Carona today was sentenced to five and a half years in prison for his involvement in large law enforcement corruption scandal. He was convicted of the charge in January, but was acquitted of various other charges such as conspiracy. His lawyers said he will likely appeal any ruling that is not probation and will request he remain free during the appeal process. Carona was once a rising star in GOP politics and was expected to do well in Sacramento.