A federal judge may decide Monday whether to resentence convicted former Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona, potentially freeing him from federal prison.
Carona’s attorneys argued in court documents that a sentence handed down in 2009 on a witness tampering conviction should be adjusted based on changes in the law.
The conviction was based in part on testimony from the government’s star witness -- former assistant sheriff Don Haidl -- who secretly recorded a conversation in which Carona asked him to lie to a grand jury investigating suspected wrongdoing in the department.
Carona, who oversaw the state’s second-largest sheriff’s agency, was acquitted on charges of conspiracy, mail fraud and one count of witness tampering. But he was found guilty on another count of witness tampering.