NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A judge has delayed the sentencing of a man who pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of a cyclist in Louisiana.
News outlets report Judge Ben Willard delayed sentencing 48-year-old Curtis Turner on Wednesday after fielding an apology from the defendant and emotional testimony from the family of 37-year-old Ben Gregory.
Authorities say Turner was driving a vehicle that struck Gregory as he bicycled in New Orleans in 2015. Prosecutors say Gregory was struck at such as high speed that he was thrown into the windshield and went over the vehicle. Gregory died at the scene and Turner sped off. A Crimestopper tip led to the vehicle.
Willard says he expects to give Turner his punishment Sept. 28. Turner could be sentenced to a maximum of 40 years in prison.