Former Maricopa County, AZ Sheriff Joe Arpaio has been found guilty of criminal contempt for willfully violating a federal judge, according to The Arizona Republic.
The Republic reported that U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton found Arpaio intentionally flouted a separate federal judge’s order to halt his former office’s racial profiling.
U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow reportedly ruled in a 2011 preliminary injunction that Maricopa County deputies could not detain migrants not suspects of a crime.
Snow later ruled in 2013 that Arpaio’s office had racially profiled against Latinos during his office’s immigration-enforcement operations.
The Republic reported that Arpaio’s sentencing is slated to begin on Oct. 5, adding that the former sheriff faces up to six months in confinement, a sentence equivalent to a misdemeanor.
Some Twitter users on Monday celebrated Arpaio’s conviction over how he led his former office.
Other people wondered if President Trump would pardon Arpaio, who is popular with conservatives for his hardline positions on illegal immigration.
Arpaio said in a statement Monday that he will appeal Bolton’s ruling in hopes of obtaining a trial by jury.
“Today, Judge Susan Bolton violated the United States Constitution by issuing her verdict without even reading it to the Defendant in public court,” his statement said.
“Her verdict is contrary to what every single witness testified in the case,” it added. “Arpaio believes that a jury would have found in his favor, and that it will.”
“Joe Arpaio is in this for the long haul, and he will continue to fight to vindicate himself, to prove his innocence, and to protect the public.”
Arpaio earned national headlines for his tenure as Maricopa County’s sheriff, with his office becoming a part of America’s debate over illegal immigration.
The former law enforcement official lost his re-election to Paul Penzone last November, and the Democrat succeeded Arpaio as Maricopa County sheriff in January.