LIMA — Sentencing for a former Lima Senior and University of Toledo basketball player who pleaded guilty in a point-shaving scheme has been postponed again.
The new sentencing date for Sammy Villegas has been scheduled for March 12. Sentencing has been delayed numerous times for Villegas who was a star witness for the prosecution against other defendants.
Originally, the prosecution was holding off on sentencing Villegas until the cases against all co-defendants were finished. The reason for the latest delay is unclear and attorneys in the case could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
Villegas is expected to get at least 2.5 years in prison on one count of conspiracy to influence sports contest by bribery. He was one of six former UT basketball or football players charged.
Two Detroit businessmen also were charged. Villegas reached a deal to help prosecutors. The scheme happened between 2004 and 2006. Villegas altered his game, for example, by missing shots, to make sure bets on the game matched the point spread. He was paid between $300 and $400 when a gambler won a wager.