- Associated Press - Friday, July 29, 2016

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca has failed to reach a new plea deal over his sentence for lying to federal investigators about a jail probe.

Baca pleaded guilty this year to making false statements when he denied knowing that sheriff’s officials intended to block the FBI probe into county jail abuses.

The 74-year-old Baca would have faced no more than six months in prison under the deal. But a judge rejected it two weeks ago, calling the sentence too lenient.

On Friday, Baca’s lawyer and federal prosecutors were unable to hammer out a new deal.

Attorney Michael Zweiback says Baca will decide Monday whether to withdraw his guilty plea and face a new trial or accept sentencing on a charge that carries a potential five-year sentence.

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