Six members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department were convicted Tuesday of obstructing a federal probe into violence against inmates in county jails.
After a week of deliberations, a federal court jury in downtown Los Angeles convicted Lts. Stephen Leavins, 52, and Gregory Thompson, 54; Sgts. Scott Craig, 50, and Maricela Long, 46; and Deputies Gerard Smith, 42, and Mickey Manzo, 34, of conspiracy and obstruction of justice. Those charges together carry a potential maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.
Craig and Long were also convicted of a count of making false statements for telling an FBI agent involved in the jails probe that she was under investigation and could face arrest. That charge carries a possible prison sentence of up to five years.