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Ex-legislator Meltonís sentencing delayed

BIRMINGHAM (AP) — A federal judge postponed the sentencing of former state Rep. Bryant Melton to allow him to help in a federal investigation into the stateís two-year college system.

U.S. attorneys filed a motion Wednesday asking that U.S. District Judge Karen Bowdre push back his sentencing, which had been set for Thursday. Bowdre rescheduled the sentencing for Aug. 29.

Melton, D-Tuscaloosa, was forced to resign his seat in the Alabama House and his position as director of Shelton State Community Collegeís C.A. Fredd Campus after pleading guilty in July 2006 to funneling state money through the Fire Collegeís private foundation to pay for his gambling debts and his daughterís medical school fees.

He has agreed to repay $85,000, and also faces up to $300,000 in fines and 30 years in prison. Meltonís cooperation in the investigation is expected to reduce his prison time.

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