SANTA ANA (KTLA) -- Attorneys for former Orange County Sheriff Michael Carona -- now serving 66 months in federal prison for witness tampering -- have filed a motion to cut the former lawman's sentence by nearly half.
In the motion, Carona's attorneys argued that the sentence handed down in 2009 by U.S. District Judge Andrew Guilford should be adjusted after changes to the law.
"Carona seeks relief on the ground that the Court erred in determining his sentence by using honest services fraud as the 'underlying offense' under United States sentencing guidelines," his lawyers wrote in the motion filed earlier this month. They added that "the conduct at issue did not constitute honest services fraud or any other federal offense."
The three-term lawman once dubbed "America's sheriff" was indicted in 2008 on federal charges of conspiracy, mail fraud and witness tampering.
He was found guilty of one count of witness tampering in 2009 and sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison.
Carona's attorneys argued that jurors should not have heard a secretly recorded conversation in which Carona asked former assistant sheriff Don Haidl to lie to a grand jury on his behalf.
During the two-month trial, prosecutors claimed that Carona accepted secret cash payments, had numerous extra-marital affairs, and provided badges and concealed weapons licenses to campaign contributors.
Both Carona's wife and ex-mistress had faced related charges for benefiting from his schemes.
The charges were dropped after Carona's acquittal of most charges.
Carona gained national attention during an investigation into the 2002 kidnapping and murder of 5-year-old Samantha Runnion.
Ex-Sheriff Mike Carona Wants Prison Sentence Cut in Half
Carona was convicted in 2009 of witness tampering.
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