- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

NEWTON, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey judge has pushed back the sentencing date for a 51-year-old convicted kidnapper due to him being in a coma and on life support.

A Superior Court judge in Newton said Tuesday that Douglas Stangeland of Missouri has been unconscious for almost a month since his transfer from jail to the Morristown Medical Center and is afflicted with some sort of heart or respiratory failure, The New Jersey Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1JqJBeQ ).

Stangeland was taken to the hospital in May after he was convicted on all counts for the 2010 mistaken identity kidnapping of a Newton business owner.

His attorney, the judge and prosecutors have agreed to push his July 17 sentencing date to Aug. 12.

A prosecutor says the date could be pushed back indefinitely if Stangeland stays in a comatose state.


Information from: The New Jersey Herald (Newton, N.J.), https://www.njherald.com

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