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Sentencing delay sought for ex-N.O. cop

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Posted: Oct 13, 2010 6:43 AM by Andrea Fontenot
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: judge, postpone, New Orleans, police, officer, guilty, cover, up, deadly, shootings, bridge, Hurricane Katrina

Federal prosecutors have asked a judge to postpone a sentencing hearing for a former New Orleans police officer who pleaded guilty to helping cover up deadly shootings of unarmed residents on a bridge in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath.

The former officer, Michael Hunter, is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 17, but prosecutors said they need more time to evaluate his cooperation.

Hunter is one of five former officers who have pleaded guilty in the case.

Six other current or former officers also have been indicted on charges stemming from the shootings and alleged cover-up.

Police shot and killed two people and wounded four others on the Danziger Bridge less than a week after the August 2005 storm.

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