MODESTO -- A judge Tuesday postponed a sentencing hearing until Jan. 28 for a 20-year-old man convicted of murder in the shooting of a 44-year-old ice cream vendor during an attempted robbery last year in west Modesto.
DeWalter Mitchell of Modesto faces a maximum sentence of life in prison without parole for shooting to death Martin Ham. Sonny Sandhu,
Mitchell's defense attorney, asked for the postponement because he needs more time to prepare a motion for a new trial. Sandhu told the judge he needs to do more investigating and needs a copy of the trial transcript.