A judge on Friday postponed a sentencing hearing for a Modesto man convicted of punching his girlfriend and holding her captive in a motel room after she tried to leave to feed her children.
A jury last month found Alvin Bernard Jones guilty of battery on a cohabitant, making criminal threats, false imprisonment, vehicle theft and possessing methamphetamine.
Jones’ attorney, Arral Phipps, told the judge he needed more time to consider filing a motion for a new trial. The sentencing can’t occur until after the defense has an opportunity to file the new trial motion.
Stanislaus Superior Court Judge Reeves scheduled Jones to return to court Oct. 10 to learn whether a new trial motion was filed. Jones’ sentencing hearing could then be rescheduled. The defendant remains in custody at the Stanislaus County Jail.