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Mar 30, 2012 9:42 AM by AP

Judge weighs sentencing N.O. woman at her home

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge is weighing whether to sentence a gravely ill New Orleans woman at her home for participating in a plot to pocket hundreds of thousands of dollars in government grant money earmarked for educational and charitable programs.

Angela Coleman, a niece of former U.S. Rep. William Jefferson, pleaded guilty in 2010 to conspiracy and other charges.

U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle had planned to visit Coleman's home Thursday to decide if she was lucid enough to be sentenced, but Coleman's doctor advised him to cancel the visit.

Lemelle asked prosecutors and Coleman's attorney on Wednesday whether it would be better to sentence her in court without her being present or at her home.

Coleman's mother, former New Orleans tax assessor Betty Jefferson, also pleaded guilty in the case.

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