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Sentencing delayed for ex-La. wildlife official

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge has agreed to postpone a sentencing hearing for a former Louisiana wildlife official who pleaded guilty in 2011 to taking payoffs from a landfill company owner's businesses as a reward for trying to keep a rival landfill closed.

An order Friday by U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman doesn't give a reason for his decision to move the hearing from July 24 to Sept. 11.

Henry Mouton faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison. Justice Department prosecutors have recommended a prison sentence for Mouton but argued he deserves some leniency for cooperating.

Mouton is accused of receiving nearly $464,000 in bribes during his five-year tenure as a wildlife commissioner. The company owner accused of paying Mouton wasn't identified, but his indictment said he touted River Birch.

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