Sentencing delayed

Sentencing for a LaGrange County man charged with the 2009 arson of Welch’s Steak and Ribs, has been delayed until next week.

Nathan Lumbard, 31, was to be sentenced Thursday. After pleading no contest to the charge in October, Lumbard was expected to be sentenced to three years in prison.

However, Circuit Court Judge Paul Stutesman said he decided to not honor the plea agreement and would likely issue a sentence of between seven and 15 years.

Stutesman referenced a pre-sentencing report that scored a sentencing guideline of between 83 months and 15 years. Because the guideline deviates from the plea agreement, Lumbard has the right to withdraw his initial plea and ask for a trial.

A hearing date has been set for 9 a. m. Dec. 23, by which time Lumbard must notify the court of his decision.

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