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Judge Delays Cellini Sentencing

Sentencing now scheduled for Oct. 4



    A judge has agreed to delay the sentencing of a onetime powerbroker with links to former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich until the fall.

    U.S. District Judge James Zagel on Wednesday rescheduled the sentencing of William Cellini for Oct. 4.

    Cellini's attorneys asked for the delay. Dan Webb, one of Cellini's attorneys, told reporters his client is unable to travel from Springfield because of his health.

    Cellini's sentencing was delayed earlier after the 77-year-old reportedly suffered a heart attack. He was treated more recently for a blood clot.

    Prosecutors have said Cellini deserves to go to prison for up to eight years for conspiring to extort the Oscar-winning producer of "Million Dollar Baby" for a contribution to Blagojevich's campaign. But they've also conceded his health problems could justify a lesser sentence.