Sentencing for a political powerbroker convicted on federal corruption charges has been delayed. Bill Cellini was supposed to be sentenced on Monday – but his sentencing has been pushed back to October 4 because of “medical issues.”
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Cellini suffered a heart attack, followed by a blood clot, in early June. His attorney, Dan Webb, says Cellini wouldn’t have been able to make it from Springfield to Chicago if sentencing took place next week.Webb also said the court would have to check in on Cellini’s health before the fall sentencing.
Federal prosecutors, who agreed to the delay, want Cellini sentenced to 6-and-a-half to eight years in prison – but conceded they may look at a shorter sentence because of his health problems and his age. The 77-year-old Cellini was convicted in November of trying to extort a campaign contribution from a Hollywood producer for then-governor Rod Blagojevich.