- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 26, 2014

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Sentencing has been postponed until July for a 21-year-old woman who pleaded guilty to charges that she conspired to poison the husband of a woman who was convicted of orchestrating another plot to kill the man for his life insurance.

Clark County District Judge Carolyn Ellsworth on Wednesday reset Courtney Smith’s sentencing for July 14 to allow time for another judge to sentence Amy Denise Pearson Bessey’s brother, Richard Pearson, and her son, Michael Bessey, in their cases.

Pearson is due for sentencing April 30 after pleading guilty Feb. 7 to conspiracy and attempted murder for wounding Robert Bessey while he drove to work on Interstate 15 in November 2012.

Michael Bessey is due for sentencing April 2 after pleading guilty Jan. 29 to similar charges.

Pearson and Michael Bessey could each face up to 30 years in prison.

Smith pleaded guilty in May to conspiracy to commit a felony and testified in November against Amy Bessey, who was convicted of conspiracy, attempted murder and other felonies.

Bessey, 43, conceded that she wished her husband was dead but maintained that she had no part planning the near-fatal attack.

She was sentenced March 5 to between 13 years and nine months and 44 years in prison.

Smith had been accused of conspiring with Amy Bessey to kill Robert Bessey on Father’s Day 2012 by giving him an energy drink laced with poison.

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