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Sentencing Delayed for Edwards, John-Baptiste

It will be May before any of three law enforcement officers will be sentenced in the high profile case that brought convictions more than 15 months ago on multiple counts ranging from drug trafficking and extortion to robbery.

Former V.I. Police officer Enid Edwards and former V.I. Port Authority officer Bill John-Baptiste had been scheduled to face sentencing Thursday, but District Judge Curtis Gomez has postponed their sentencing hearings until May 3. In his order, issued early this week, Gomez said the Court docket is overcrowded.

The third former officer convicted in January of 2011, Francis Brooks, is scheduled to have surgery in Florida, over objections from the U.S. Attorney’s Office which questioned the urgency of the need for surgery and complained that Brooks had scheduled it without first notifying the Court.

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