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July 31, 2012

Minor sentencing postponed

Won’t occur until after trial of sheriff, deputies

BOWLING GREEN — The fate of the deputy who took a plea deal in the deprivation of rights case faced by Barren County Sheriff Chris Eaton and deputies Aaron Bennett and Eric Guffey will not be decided until after the others have seen their day in court.

Adam Minor was scheduled to be sentenced in the United States District Court of the Western District of Kentucky at Bowling Green on Tuesday morning, but in a motion filed July 24, federal prosecutors requested the sentencing be moved until after the trial of Eaton, Bennett and Guffey, now scheduled for Aug. 27.

The motion was unopposed by Minor and his attorney, Ken Garrett.

“Both parties believe that postponement of sentencing is in the interest of justice and will allow the Court to have before it a full picture of the extent and value of defendant Minor's cooperation at the time of sentencing,” the motion, submitted by Sanjay Patel, trial attorney for the Department of Justice, stated.

The motion also states that Eaton, Bennett and Guffey's trial may be reset again. It was originally set for May 30, but was continued by the courts to the August date.

“As the Court is aware by other pleadings in this matter, defendant Minor has agreed to cooperate with the government in its case against the co-defendants,” the motion stated. “The government anticipates that defendant Minor's cooperation with continue for the foreseeable future.”

Chief Judge Joseph H. McKinley, Jr. granted the motion on July 27 and ordered that the sentencing be rescheduled after the “resolution of the co-defendant's charges,” according to court documents.


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