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Leslie Chance sentencing postponed for a third time

Leslie Chance
Posted at 9:34 AM, Mar 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-18 12:41:16-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The sentencing of a former elementary school principal, convicted of killing her husband in 2013, has been postponed for the third time this month. Her sentencing is now scheduled for April 22.

Leslie Chance was set to be sentenced originally on March 2 after her conviction in January, but the sentencing was postponed for medical reasons. Her attorney Tony Lidgett said she had been hospitalized due to pneumonia.

On Wednesday, Lidgett told 23ABC that Chance is "doing well," but she is out as a precaution due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Kern County Superior Court announced Tuesday changes to court operations to limit public interactions during this time. Although felony sentencings are still being heard, Chance's postponement is mainly a precaution due to her recent illness and increased chance of infection.

Lidgett has also filed a motion for alleged juror misconduct in connection to the trial. The motion was also pushed back until April 22.

Chance faces up to 50 years to life in prison for the shooting death of her husband Todd.