- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 21, 2014

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - The attorney for a former substitute teacher has asked a federal judge to delay his sentencing on charges he enticed a minor to engage in illegal sexual conduct.

Matthew Blake Whitt is scheduled to sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Oxford.

Whitt pleaded guilty last fall to one count of using interstate communications to entice a minor for sex last September. He faces a minimum of 10 years in prison and up to life for the federal charges.

WTVA-TV in Tupelo reports (http://bit.ly/LJjcj0) that Whitt’s attorney, Justin S. Cluck, filed a motion Monday to delay sentencing until March while Congress debates the Justice Safety Valve Act. The act would allow federal judges greater flexibility in sentencing.

Whitt remains free on a $15,000 bond.

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Information from: WTVA-TV, http://www.wtva.com

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