Crosby case sees additional delay


Published: Saturday, January 13, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 13, 2007 at 12:22 a.m.
A federal judge has given prosecutors and defense attorneys another three months to work out sentencing agreements for the former head of Florida's prison system and his former protégé.
James Crosby, who was fired as secretary of the Department of Corrections in February, and Allen Clark, who resigned as regional director in August 2005, pleaded guilty in July to accepting $130,000 in kickbacks from a prison contractor.
Crosby and Clark were originally scheduled to be sentenced in October.
Attorneys for both sides agreed that sentencing should be delayed until this month because the investigation was continuing and both men had agreed to cooperate with federal officials.
In papers filed at the federal courthouse in Jacksonville this week, both sides agreed to delay the sentencing again, this time until April 25, because, "There are a number of sentencing issues that the parties would like to try to discuss and/or resolve prior to sentencing."
When Crosby and Clark pleaded guilty, prosecutors said federal advisory sentencing guidelines called for prison terms of seven to eight years, but that two- to three-year prison terms were more likely to be given.
Crosby is now scheduled to be sentenced at 10 a.m. April 25.
Clark's sentencing was rescheduled for 1:30 p.m. on the same day.

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