Former Southern California sheriff appeals witness tampering conviction, prison sentence

Ex-sheriff appeals witness tampering conviction

SANTA ANA, Calif. — A former sheriff in Southern California has appealed his conviction and 5½-year sentence for felony witness tampering.

Michael Carona filed the appeal Wednesday with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals challenging his conviction in January and the sentence imposed last week by U.S. District Judge Andrew Guilford.

The former Orange County lawman was acquitted of five of the six counts in the 2007 indictment that included allegations of pay-to-play schemes and money laundering.

Carona has been ordered to surrender on July 24 but hopes to remain free pending his appeal.

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