JAMES SEXTON TO BE RELEASED
In a surprise decision at a Thursday afternoon hearing, U.S. District Court Judge Percy Anderson ruled that former LA County sheriff’s deputy, James Sexton, who was sentenced in December 2014 to 18 months in a federal prison after being convicted of obstruction of justice, could be released into six months of home detention followed by another six months of formal probation.
Sexton’s wife was permitted to pick up Sexton, now 32, from the U.S. Marshall’s office early Thursday evening and bring him home.
At 25, Sexton was the youngest and lowest on the departmental ladder of the eight people convicted of obstruction of justice (plus a ninth who accepted a plea deal and his yet to be sentenced) for attempts in August and September of 2011 to block a federal investigation into corruption and brutality in LA County’s jail system with actions that included hiding a federal informant from his FBI handlers, falsely threatening an FBI agent with arrest, and tampering with potential federal witnesses.
Sexton surrendered to begin his original 18 month sentence on August 31, 2016. He was the first of the eight who have been sentenced for obstruction of justice convictions to surrender.
Sexton is expected to be a crucial witness for the prosecution in the February retrial of former four-term LA County sheriff Lee Baca.
Photo of Sexton and wife taken in 2014 after sentencing.