Judge delays Roger Stone’s sentencing until Feb. 20

By Darren Samuelsohn

Roger Stone secured a partial win Friday when a federal judge agreed to postpone his February sentencing for two weeks because of a slowdown in paperwork tied to the longtime Donald Trump adviser’s finances.

A jury convicted Stone in November on seven felony counts of lying to investigators, obstructing a congressional probe and witness tampering — crimes that carry a maximum sentence of 50 years in prison.

Stone was set to learn his punishment on Feb. 6, but U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson said Friday she’d allowed for a short delay until Feb. 20.

Attorneys for Stone asked Thursday for a monthlong extension because they had yet to compile all the financial and other records that federal probation officials need before they submit their report ahead of the sentencing.

“Despite the continual and diligent work of Mr. Stone, the process; however, is not yet complete,” Stone’s lawyers said, adding that their client’s records “are extensive and not all immediately available.”

Federal prosecutors who secured Stone’s conviction objected to the request, saying the burden was on Stone to produce his financial materials under a court-imposed deadline. What’s more, they noted his financial affairs “are of less importance in this case than in other matters,” since the crimes he committed don’t deal with those issues.

At most, Stone’s finances are relevant only in determining whether he can pay a fine, the costs of his incarceration or location monitoring devices, wrote the prosecutors from the U.S. attorney’s office for the District of Columbia.

Friday’s one-paragraph order from Jackson dinged Stone for being responsible for the delay but nonetheless gave him until noon on Jan. 2 to turn in the materials to federal probation officials.

Stone is among a handful of former Trump 2016 campaign aides looking to the president for a pardon sparing them from jail time and clearing their criminal records. “Donald Trump, if you can hear me, please save our family,” Stone’s daughter, Adria, said on Fox News with Tucker Carlson on the night of her father’s conviction.