July 15, 2012

SandBoxBlogs: Aspen Daily News "Judge postpones sentencing of local man in cocaine case"

Chad Abraham:
"A federal judge on Wednesday ruled that the personal safety of an Aspen man expected to serve prison time for allegedly leading a cocaine operation here could be jeopardized by his cooperation with federal investigators.

U.S. District Judge Marcia Krieger vacated the August sentencing date of Wayne Reid, 65, and reset it to Nov. 15. The extension will let Reid complete testimony against the remaining defendants in the case, a court filing says, and allow prosecutor Michelle Korver to better evaluate the “full measure” of his assistance to authorities ahead of sentencing.

“The request to continue Mr. Reid’s sentencing, however, is based on other factors, as well,” Korver wrote in her filing. “Most importantly, there are several significant security concerns affecting cooperating defendants when they begin their term of incarceration at a [federal] Bureau of Prisons facility and are then later brought back to the sentencing district to testify....”
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