Convicted former Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona may remain free pending appeal today even though it is his official surrender date.
Carona, 53, was ordered by U.S. District Judge Andrew J. Guilford to begin serving a 5 1/2 -year prison term starting today.
Although it is his official surrender date, Carona has a "bail pending appeal" motion before the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which means that his actual surrender date will be tied to the court's ruling, said Thom Mrozek of the U.S. attorney's office.
The Bureau of Prisons has designated where Carona should serve his term, defense attorney Brian Sun said, but he declined to name the site.
-- Tami Abdollah