LOS ANGELES – The father of an ex-Los Angeles police officer facing murder charges was sentenced to probation for lying to FBI agents who were searching for his son, according to court papers.
Victor Manuel Solis of Lancaster was sentenced Thursday in federal court in El Paso, Texas, to three years of probation and fined $1,000.
The 53-year-old was convicted in June of making false statements to the FBI during the search for his son, Henry Solis.
Henry Solis, 27, fled to Mexico with the help of his father on March 14. The pair left the country the day after Salome Rodriguez Jr. was chased and shot to death — allegedly by Henry Solis — following a fistfight outside a Pomona nightclub.
Victor Solis told FBI agents he traveled alone to Mexico, but he was spotted on security cameras crossing the U.S.-Mexico border with his fugitive son. Victor Solis was subsequently arrested and charged; but Henry Solis was on the run for more than two months before he was captured by Mexican authorities May 26 in the border city of Juarez, where the Solis family has relatives.
Henry Solis was deported and returned to Los Angeles to face murder and other charges.
He remains jailed in lieu of $10 million bail pending his next appearance in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom on Aug. 28, when a date is scheduled to be set for a hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to require him to stand trial.
The younger Solis could face a life prison term if convicted.
Henry Solis allegedly killed Salome Rodriguez Jr. while he was off-duty and a probationary officer in the LAPD’s Devonshire Division in the San Fernando Valley.
He was fired by the department soon after becoming a fugitive.
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