Posted: Aug 30, 2011 5:46 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A former police detective who pleaded guilty to helping cover up deadly shootings on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina is seeking a 30-day extension of his deadline for reporting to prison.
Jeffrey Lehrmann is scheduled to report to prison Wednesday, but his attorney on Monday asked for an extension because he says authorities need more time to decide where he will begin serving his three-year sentence. U.S. District Judge Lance Africk didn't immediately rule on the request.
Lehrmann was a government witness in the trial of five current or former officers who were convicted this month of civil rights charges stemming from the Danziger Bridge shootings. Police shot and killed two people and wounded four others on the bridge less than a week after the 2005 storm.