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Sentencing delayed again for Fla. ex-candidate

September 10, 2013
Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) — Sentencing has been delayed another three months for a failed South Florida congressional candidate in a campaign finance fraud case with ties to former Rep. David Rivera.

A federal judge on Tuesday set a new Dec. 30 sentencing date for Justin Lamar Sternad. He had been scheduled for sentencing Sept. 23 after pleading guilty to several campaign finance law violations, including accepting illegal contributions and filing false reports.

Papers filed by Sternad's lawyer say he needs more time to provide information to prosecutors who are continuing to investigate the case. Sternad seeks a lesser prison sentence for cooperating. The maximum is 15 years in prison.

The case involves allegations that Rivera secretly financed Sternad's campaign to weaken his Democratic rival, Joe Garcia. Rivera has repeatedly denied any connection to Sternad.



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