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AKRON -- The sentencing for Richard Beasley, convicted in the Craigslist murder case, has been postponed.Sentencing has been rescheduled for April 4 at 10 a.m.

WKYC's Sara Shookman reports the postponement is due to a medical issue with one of the defense attorneys.

The sentencing hearing was slated to begin at 1:15 p.m. in Akron, but the courtroom was emptied shortly before 2 p.m. Those gathered in the courtroom included many of the victim's family members who left the courthouse a short time later.

Judge Lynne Callahan addressed the court about the delay around 2:30 p.m., including Beasley in a orange and white prison jumpsuit. Judge Callahan scheduled sentencing forBeasley, 53, after last week's recommendation by thejury that Beasley should receive the death penalty.

The judge could decide to reduce the sentence to life in prison.

The jury convicted Beasley in the murders of three men who were lured to their deaths by a phony job posting on Craigslist. A fourth man who escaped testified at Beasley's trial.

Judge Callahan sentenced Beasley's co-defendant Brogan Rafferty, just 16 at the time, to life without parole last fall. Because of his age, he wasn't eligible for the death penalty.