- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 14, 2016

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - A federal judge is refusing to delay the sentencing of Hattiesburg pastor Kenneth Fairley on federal theft and conspiracy charges.

U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett, in a Wednesday order, kept the sentencing set for Monday.

Starrett writes that Fairley’s request wasn’t convincing or detailed enough. For example, of Fairley’s claim that an expert witness won’t be available to argue about the value of certain real estate, the judge notes Fairley has had three months to schedule a witness. Starrett writes that Fairley’s plan to contest certain parts of his confidential sentencing recommendation is no reason for delay, nor is hiring an additional lawyer.

Fairley was convicted Sept. 15 on three counts of conspiracy and theft in a federal case involving money skimmed from a federal housing program.

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