U.S. District Judge Andrew Gilford sentenced former Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona to 66 months in prison and a $125,000 fine for a single felony count of witness tampering. After he gets out of the pen, he muist serve 2 years of probation.
Prosecutors had asked for Carona to be sentenced to 9 years in prison, while the probation report recommended 6 1/2 years.Â Carona himself sought probation or home detention.Â
Carona is expected to appeal his conviction and defense lawyers will ask if he can remain free upon appeal.Â The judge indicated earlier in today’s hearing that Carona would face between 63 and 78 months in prison — and the Register reports because this is a federal case, Carona would have to serve at least 85 percent of the sentence, which is looking like a minimum of 4 years in the slammer.
At Orange Punch, Steve Greenhut commented that Carona is asking for the very thing he told voters he would not give –leniency.