- Associated Press - Thursday, May 22, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A mistrial has been declared in the case of a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy accused of obstructing a federal investigation into alleged abuse of jail inmates.

KABC-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1hcDqe0 ) the judge declared the mistrial Thursday, a day after jurors indicated they could not reach a verdict in the case of James Sexton, who was charged with conspiracy and obstruction of justice.

If convicted, he faced up to 15 years in prison.

Sexton was just the first of seven sheriff’s department officials to be tried on charges he conspired to hide Anthony Brown, an inmate-turned-FBI informant. The inmate was reportedly helping the FBI investigate alleged brutality by deputies in jails in the summer of 2011.

The sheriff’s department claimed Brown was hidden for his own protection.

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Information from: KABC-TV, https://abclocal.go.com/kabc/


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