Former California sheriff denied reduced sentence for 2009 convi


Former California sheriff denied reduced sentence for 2009 conviction


SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - Orange County's former sheriff has lost an appeal to have his federal prison sentence reduced for a 2009 witness tampering conviction.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with a district court judge in denying Michael Carona's final appeal Tuesday.

Carona had asked the court to cut his 5½-year prison sentence roughly in half.

The former sheriff began serving his sentence in 2011 and could be released as early as November 2015.

Carona was indicted on charges of conspiracy, mail fraud and witness tampering in a sweeping public corruption case but was acquitted of all but one charge.

He made national headlines during a successful investigation into the 2002 kidnapping and murder of 5-year-old Samantha Runnion and was dubbed "America's Sheriff" by CNN's Larry King.

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