RENO, Nev. (AP) - Sentencing has been pushed back until September for a Reno businessman convicted of defrauding the U.S. government out of $200,000 in grants from a faith-based initiative.
U.S. District Judge Miranda Du agreed to postpone June's scheduled sentencing after Mike Stickler's public defenders said he asked them to request a new lawyer.
Du agreed and appointed a former assistant U.S. attorney as counsel, Craig Denney of Reno. The change also forces postponement of his trial on separate tax evasion charges set for June 3.
Stickler faces a maximum up to 10 years in prison for his government theft conviction in Reno in March. His lawyers said at the time he likely was looking at closer to two to three years. Sentencing is now scheduled Sept. 29, the tax trial Sept. 30.