N.O. cop's sentencing postponed in Katrina case
NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has postponed a sentencing hearing for a New Orleans police officer convicted of lying about the aftermath of a deadly shooting outside the city's convention center following Hurricane Katrina.
Acting at the request of the U.S. Marshals Service, U.S District Judge Sarah Vance moved Officer Ronald Mitchell's sentencing from Wednesday to April 11.
Vance's order didn't explain why the Marshals Service asked for the hearing to be postponed.
Mitchell shot and killed 45-year-old Danny Brumfield outside the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in September 2005.
Mitchell wasn't charged in the shooting, but a jury convicted him in December 2011 of obstruction of justice and perjury for lying when he said he left his patrol car after the shooting and checked for Brumfield's pulse.