OC News Brief 9-15-2009

 Jaramillo gets 27 months in prison and must pay restitution. - OCRegister

George Jaramillo and Mike Carona at a Press Conference in 2001

George Jaramillo and Mike Carona at a Press Conference in 2001

SANTA ANA – George Jaramillo, the ex-lawman who assisted the federal government in its takedown of former Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona, was sentenced today to 27 months in federal prison.

Jaramillo, a former Garden Grove police sergeant and assistant sheriff who once aspired to run for sheriff himself, also must pay a $50,000 fine and serve three years of probation, according to U.S. District Judge Andrew Guilford.

Guilford also ordered Jaramillo pay as restitution any winnings he receives in a state lawsuit over his wrongful termination from the Sheriff’s Department. That amount has yet to be finalized, but estimates of Jaramillo’s winnings have ranged from $183,000 to $300,000.

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Metropolitan Water District delays vote on sweetened pensions - OCRegister

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