Former LA County Sheriff Leroy Baca has early stages of Alzheimer's disease

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Leroy Baca has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

Baca's diagnosis was confirmed in court filings submitted Monday by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Prosecutors said Baca is in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, and while he's able to function in his everyday life, his long-term prognosis is bleak.

Baca served as sheriff from 1998 to 2014.

He pleaded guilty earlier this year to federal charges of lying during an investigation into civil rights violations at the county jail -- and is still facing a six-month prison sentence.

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