By ROBERT PIERCE
• Leader & Times
A third suspect in the case of an alleged carjacking last January had his sentencing postponed Monday.
The new date for Bobby Stensland’s sentencing will take place at 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 8, in Seward County District Court.
That decision by District Judge Clint Peterson came after Stensland’s attorney, Derek Miller, requested a continuance after not receiving a criminal history report on his client. Peterson granted the continuance.
Stensland is one of four suspects arrested between Jan. 29, 2010, and March 1, 2010, by authorities in Ford and Finney counties, according to a statement from Liberal Police Capt. Pat McClurg.
Those arrests came following the alleged Jan. 10, 2010, incident in which a handicapped victim was forced out of his vehicle without his wheelchair and had to crawl for help.
The victim’s Blazer was later recovered in Finney County.
Stensland’s trial was originally heard in November 2010, but after jurors could not agree on some of the charges, Peterson declared a mistrial. The case was scheduled to be heard again in February, but Stensland opted for an agreement in which he pleaded guilty to one count each of aggravated robbery and kidnapping.
Two of Stensland’s co-suspects in the case have already received sentences. Jose Gil, 25, was convicted in November 2010 of one count each of aggravated kidnapping, aggravated robbery and conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery. He was sentenced to 281 months in the Seward County Jail.
On Jan. 28, Juan Garza, 26, was sentenced to 88 months for one count of kidnapping and 59 months for one count of aggravated robbery.
The fourth suspect, Matthew Perez, was scheduled to have his case heard in January, but after attorneys for the state could not find a material witness, jurors were sent home shortly after arriving at the Seward County Courthouse the day that trial was scheduled to start. Perez’s case is now on the docket for April 18.