Skakel sentence may be delayed a month
By Eve Sullivan - Greenwich Time

NORWALK -- The attorney for convicted murderer Mi-chael Skakel is asking that his client's sentencing be delayed for a second time.

Skakel, who was found guilty June 7 for the 1975 slaying of his Greenwich neighbor Martha Moxley, was originally scheduled to be sentenced last week.

That sentencing was postponed until Aug. 9, after state Superior Court Judge John Kavanewsky Jr. consulted with Skakel's probation officer, who requested time to conduct a pre-sentence investigation.

Now Skakel's attorney, Mi-chael Sherman, has filed a motion asking for a monthlong continuance.

"This continuance is necessary to allow the defendant to provide relevant information to the probation department in mitigation of his sentence," the motion, filed yesterday, states. "The probation department has no objection to this request and agrees that they would benefit from this additional time in order to prepare the presentence report, which must reflect upon the conduct of the defendant over the past 27 years."

Kavanewsky has not ruled on the motion.

"We just want the probation department to have enough information as possible," Sherman said yesterday. "This is certainly not the usual case where you're dealing with a crime that occurred a year ago."

After a four-week trial, Skakel was convicted in the Oct. 30, 1975, killing of Moxley, a 15-year-old neighbor in the exclusive Greenwich neighborhood of Belle Haven.

Prosecutors say Skakel beat Moxley with a custom-made golf club that belonged to his deceased mother.

A portion of the club with his mother's name inscribed on it was never found.

Sherman has filed three post-verdict motions, including a motion for a new trial, a motion to set aside the verdict and a motion for judgment of acquittal. He said the motions will be addressed after the sentencing.

Two other attorneys have been hired to handle Skakel's appeal.

Skakel, the nephew of Ethel Kennedy and the son of wealthy parents, is being held at the Garner Correctional Institution in Newtown. He faces 10 years to life in prison.

Before he was taken into police custody June 7, Skakel had not served any time in prison. His brothers have said he is "scared and humbled."

"I saw him" Monday, Sher-man said. "He's doing fine."

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