Skakel prosecution will fight
request for sentencing delay
By Eve Sullivan - Greenwich Time

NORWALK -- Prosecutors say they object to a second delay in the sentencing of convicted killer Michael Skakel.

Defense attorney Michael Sherman filed a motion Tuesday, requesting that the Aug. 9 sentencing date be postponed a month.

Norwalk Superior Court Judge John Kavanewsky Jr., who presided over the trial, has ordered prosecutors to respond in writing by Monday with their position on the request.

"We're objecting and we are filing that objection with the court," Deputy Chief State's Attorney Christopher Morano said yesterday. "We'll let the motion speak for itself."

Based on the defendant's request and the prosecution's response, Kavanewsky is expected to rule on the matter without a hearing, according to Rhonda Stearley-Hebert, judicial department spokeswoman.

After a four-week trial, Skakel was convicted June 7 for the Oct. 30, 1975 murder of his Greenwich neighbor Martha Moxley. Both were 15 at the time.

The original sentencing was scheduled for July 19, but that was postponed so the state could conduct a presentence investigation.

On Tuesday, Sherman said Skakel needed more time to provide information to the probation department for the report.

Prosecutors say Skakel beat Moxley with a custom-made golf club that belonged to his mother and stabbed her in the neck with the shaft. Her half-clothed body was found in her family's back yard.

Because tougher sentencing laws passed since Moxley's murder will not apply to him, Skakel may serve only about half the minimum prison sentence he will receive next month.

He faces a prison term of between 10 and 25 years to life when sentenced Aug. 9 in state Superior Court in Norwalk.

Sherman has filed a motion to have the verdict thrown out, but that motion will not be addressed until after the sentencing. He is teaming with two other lawyers to work on an appeal.

Skakel, a nephew of Ethel Kennedy, is being held at the Garner Correctional Institution in Newtown.

-- The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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