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Jan 11, 2012 9:50 AM by Cecilia Stevenson

Sentencing postponed for ex-N.O. railroad head

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge has postponed the sentencing hearing for a former general manager of the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad who pleaded guilty to misusing the agency's money.
James Bridger was scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday, but U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr. delayed the hearing until April 19.
In the meantime, Duval is asking prosecutors and Bridger's attorney to explain how the sentencing guidelines for Bridger's federal case are affected by his plea in state court to separate but related charges.
Bridger pleaded guilty in August to a federal charge that he used his agency credit card to spend more than $5,600 on meals, entertainment, alcoholic beverages and other personal expenses.

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