DIXON, Ill. (AP) -- Federal prosecutors have an extra 30 days to respond to former Dixon comptroller Rita Crundwell's appeal of her nearly 20-year prison sentence.
Crundwell appealed the sentence on July 10. The Telegraph in Dixon reports that U.S. Attorney Joseph Pederson requested the extension last week citing a heavy caseload. Crundwell's attorney, Paul Gaziano, did not object.
Crundwell was sentenced in February after pleading guilty to stealing nearly $54 million from the northern Illinois city. She is serving her sentence in a Minnesota federal prison. Her release date is March 5, 2030.
Prosecutors' response to Crundwell's appeal is now due by Sept. 9. Crundwell's attorney has until Sept. 23 for further arguments.
Information from: Dixon Telegraph, http://www.saukvalley.com