WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A federal judge in Delaware has postponed sentencing of a San Diego man described by prosecutors as a former smuggler and enforcer for Mexico's once-feared Arellano Felix drug cartel after he insisted on dismissing his court-appointed attorney and representing himself.
Miguel Lavenant faces up to life in prison after being convicted of conspiracy with intent to distribute cocaine and money laundering.
The judge postponed Wednesday's scheduled sentencing hearing after Lavenant, against the judge's advice, insisted on acting as his own lawyer.
The judge said sentencing would take place sometime in January to give Lavenant time to prepare to represent himself, as he did at trial.
According to court records, Lavenant once appeared in a television documentary about Tijuana drug lords, in which he admitted participating in at least three murders.