Sentencing postponed in Miss. immigration raid - - Jackson, MS

Sentencing postponed in Miss. immigration raid

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - A federal judge postpones sentencing until Jan. 6 for a Howard Industries executive who pleaded guilty to conspiracy after the nation's largest workplace raid on illegal immigrants.

Former personnel director Jose Humberto Gonzalez was the only executive charged after the August 2008 raid on the Laurel plant where more than 600 workers were arrested.

Sentencing had been scheduled Thursday. District Judge Keith Starrett did not give a reason for resetting the date Wednesday.

Gonzalez pleaded guilty Dec. 9, 2009 to conspiracy, admitting that he knowingly hired illegal immigrants at Howard Industries in Laurel.

He faces up to five years in prison.

Prosecutors filed two sealed motions Oct. 8, and had also filed two sealed motions before Starrett postponed an August sentencing date.

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