Defense Attorney’s Absence Delays Curtis Patterson Sentencing Twice

Twice this month Curtis Patterson has been brought before the court for sentencing, only to be sent back to the cell block without a sentence because his attorney has been absent.

Patterson, 23, pled guilty in March to illegal possession of a firearm and obstruction of justice in connection with the shooting death of Angelo Jones.

The government has asked that Patterson be sentenced to eleven and a half years in prison.

He entered the plea just three weeks before his trial date. He was charged in Oct. 2011 with seven counts connected to the case, including one count of first-degree murder while armed. His co-defendant, Rickey Pharr, was convicted of first-degree murder on Feb. 29. Pharr was sentenced to 40 years in prison.

A new sentencing date, the third, has been set for June 13 at 9:15 a.m.

Correction: An earlier version of this article read “Jones was sentenced to 40 years in prison.” It should have read “Pharr was sentenced to 40 years in prison.”

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