By ROBERT PIERCE
• Leader & Times
The sentencing for the first of four suspects tried in the case of a carjacking in January has been postponed.
Jose Gil was scheduled to be sentenced Friday in Seward County District Court, and according to officials with the county attorney’s office, an emergency kept his lawyer, Aaron Gipson, from being in court Friday.
The sentencing has been rescheduled for 1:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17, according to a court docket received from the county attorney’s office.
In November, Gil was found guilty on one count each of aggravated kidnapping, aggravated robbery and conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery in charges related to an alleged carjacking in January.
Gil, along with co-defendants Bobby Stensland, Juan Garza and Matthew Perez, was arrested between Jan. 29 and March 1 by authorities in Ford and Finney counties, according to a statement from Liberal Police Capt. Pat McClurg.
Those arrests came following the alleged Jan. 10 incident in which a handicapped victim was forced out of his vehicle without his wheelchair and had to crawl for help. The victim’s Blazer was later recovered in Finney County.
Stensland’s case was also tried in November, but after jurors could not agree on some of the charges, District Judge Clint Peterson declared a mistrial. That case will again be heard in February.
Garza’s trial is scheduled to start Monday, Dec. 20, and Perez’s case will be heard in January.