Cellini attorneys obtain delay in sentencing
CHICAGO – A federal judge agreed to delay the sentencing of a onetime Springfield powerbroker with ties to former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich for a second time Wednesday because of health issues.
U.S. District Judge James Zagel rescheduled William Cellini's sentencing for Oct. 4 after lawyers said he was too sick to travel to Chicago.
Jurors convicted Cellini last year of conspiring to squeeze Hollywood executive Thomas Rosenberg for a $1.5 million donation to Blagojevich's campaign. Prosecutors say Cellini and his cohorts planned to use their influence on an Illinois board and threatened to yank $220 million in state pension money from Rosenberg's investment company unless he paid up.
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