CHEYENNE, (AP) - A federal judge has delayed the sentencing of a former Wyoming state trooper who has pleaded guilty to criminal charges in an aborted scheme to murder a truck driver. U.S. District Judge Clarence Brimmer last week postponed the sentencing date for former trooper Franklin Joseph Ryle. Sentencing was pushed back from this Friday to October. 29th.
Federal prosecutors asked for the delay because they disagree with the conclusions of a psychiatrist who examined Ryle for the defense. The psychiatrist concluded Ryle suffered from reduced mental capacity when he kidnapped the trucker in January. The psychiatrist says the court should therefore reduce the sentence for Ryle, who faces up to 19 years in prison. Prosecutors have retained a forensic psychologist to do another evaluation of Ryle.