Peel's sentencing delayed again, until Oct. 1

Steve Gonzalez Jul. 23, 2007, 10:51am

Gary Peel's sentencing has been delayed again, this time at the government's request.

Peel was originally scheduled to be sentenced on June 25, but Peel's lawyer, chief federal public defender Phillip Kavanaugh, asked Stiehl to delay the sentencing for at least 30 days so that he can file objections to the pre-sentence investigation report (PSR) that was filed on May 21.

Kavanaugh informed Stiehl that he intends to file written objections to the PSR, and has talked to Peel regarding the exact nature of those anticipated objections.

Stiehl granted the motion and set the sentencing date for Aug. 3.

But Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin Burke asked Stiehl for more time to respond to Peel's objections to the PSR.

"Gary Peel has made numerous claims in his Objections to the Presentence Report and Sentencing Memorandum that the government must address," Burke wrote. "Many of these claims appear quite complex, allegedly require analysis of both state law and Bankruptcy law, and will require consultation with third parties in order to determine which claims to concede and which claims to challenge."

Stiehl agreed with Burke and gave him until Aug. 17, to file his responses to Peel's objections.

Stiehl also re-set Peel sentencing for 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 1.

Peel is being held in detention at the Clinton County jail until his sentencing at the Melvin Price Courthouse in East St. Louis. He faces up to 40 years in prison and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines.

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