Ferguson sentencing adjourned

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The sentencing of John W. Ferguson in the death of his brother has been adjourned to next week because the defense has motioned to set aside the guilty verdict.

The new sentencing date is May 15.

Ferguson, 38, of Yorkville, was found guilty on March 13 of first-degree manslaughter following a jury trial in County Court. He was found not guilty of murder. Authorities said Ferguson stabbed his older brother, Daryl Ferguson, to death inside their mother’s home in Yorkville in the early morning hours of July 17, 2018.

Ferguson testified during the trial that he was acting in self-defense.

Ferguson had been scheduled for sentencing this morning before Judge Michael L. Dwyer. First Assistant Public Defender Luke Nebush instead filed a motion on Friday to set aside the guilty verdict.

Judge Dwyer adjourned the sentencing to Wednesday, May 15 in order to review the motion and allow the District Attorney’s Office to respond.

Nebush did not discuss the contents of his motion in court, and declined to comment to the media afterwards as well.

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