Sentencing postponed for Pa. corruption defendants

AP News
Posted: Jan 04, 2012 4:05 PM
Sentencing postponed for Pa. corruption defendants

The sentencing of two defendants convicted in a Pennsylvania state government corruption trial has been postponed.

Dauphin County Judge Richard Lewis' office confirmed Wednesday the sentencing of state Rep. Brett Feese of Lycoming County and his one-time aide, Jill Seaman of Dauphin County, was moved back from Monday's original date.

Feese's hearing is now set for Jan. 13 and Seaman's for Feb. 10.

After a six-week trial, they were each convicted of 40 criminal counts stemming from a scheme within the House Republican caucus to illegally spend millions of public dollars developing special software to give the GOP an edge in elections.

Seven people connected to the caucus, including former Speaker John Perzel, pleaded guilty to reduced charges in exchange for cooperating with prosecutors. They also are awaiting sentencing.