Sentencing postponed for trail-hiking embezzlement suspect

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Posted: Apr 07, 2016 1:02 AM

CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal judge in Ohio has again pushed back the sentencing of a Kentucky accountant who spent much of six years as a fugitive hiking the Appalachian Trail.

Judge Susan J. Dlott (duh-LAHT') previously postponed James Hammes' (HAM'-uhs) sentencing from March 30 to June 1 because of his attorney's trial schedule. On Wednesday, the judge set a new date of June 22.

Hammes pleaded guilty in October to a wire fraud count and agreed to pay back money embezzled in the $8.7 million case. Federal authorities agreed to drop 74 other charges against the former Lexington employee of a Cincinnati-based Pepsi-Cola bottler.

The wire fraud count carries a maximum of 20 years behind bars.

FBI agents arrested Hammes in May 2015 during Trail Days in Damascus, Virginia.