Sentencing delayed for ex-cop in Katrina shootings

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Posted: Aug 10, 2011 9:52 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: new orleans, federal, judge, sentencing, trial, wbrz, hurricane, katrina, louisiana, danziger bridge

NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has postponed a sentencing hearing for a former New Orleans police lieutenant who pleaded guilty to helping cover up the deadly shootings of unarmed residents on a bridge after Hurricane Katrina.

U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle agreed this week to delay Michael Lohman's sentencing until Sep. 14.

Lohman was scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday, less than a week after a jury convicted five other current or former officers of civil rights violations in the fatal shootings of two people and wounding of four others on the Danziger Bridge less than a week after the 2005 storm.

Lohman, a government witness during the trial, said he helped orchestrate a cover-up that included a planted gun, fabricated witnesses and falsified reports.

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