Junker sentencing delayed due to Fiesta Bowl probe

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Associated Press

Posted on May 17, 2012 at 6:31 PM

PHOENIX (AP) — It looks like former Fiesta Bowl CEO John Junker's continuing cooperation with law enforcement authorities means it will be a long time before he is sentenced in federal court.

Junker had been scheduled to be sentenced Monday on his guilty plea to a conspiracy charge stemming from illegal reimbursements of bowl employees for campaign contributions.

But a federal judge earlier this month agreed to postpone the sentencing to July 30.

That's at the request of defense and prosecution lawyers. They say Junker is still cooperating with a state investigation and that his federal plea bargain requires that he complete that cooperation before he is sentenced.

And the lawyers tell the judge that it's likely that the cooperation will continue long after July and that further postponements will be requested.

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