Fern Whyte, Gleaner Writer
NEW YORK, USA:
The highly-anticipated sentencing of Jamaican crime lord Christopher 'Dudus' Coke, has been put off after an evidentiary hearing which has been scheduled to begin on May 22.
Dudus was expected to be sentenced this afternoon on racketeering charges.
When the matter was called up in the United States Southern District Court of New York, Judge Robert Patterson said he had received a recommendation from the Prosecution for a 23-year prison sentence.
However, the Judge said he also got a letter from the defence dated March 12, saying the proposed sentence was too harsh.
In court this afternoon, the prosecution maintained that it had sufficient evidence to support the recommended sentence.
The defence then indicated that it wanted to see the evidence and after a brief consultation, the parties agreed that May 22 was suitable for the beginning of evidentiary hearing.
The hearing will last for a few days and then the judge will impose the sentence.
Last September Coke pleaded guilty to the racketeering charges.