Due to two departure motions by the defense, Susan May's sentencing set for this afternoon has been continued until April 15.

Due to two departure motions by the defense, Susan May's sentencing set for this afternoon has been continued until April 15.

May, of Augusta, had entered a plea of no contest to the amended count of reckless second degree murder of her brother on Jan. 17. As part of that plea, it was allowed for a departure motion to be filed.

James Watts, May's attorney, filed a motion for a dispositional and durational departure on Wednesday.

With the motion, Judge Jan Satterfield asked Assistant County Attorney Amber Norris if she was ready to proceed.

Norris said she believed she was, but if the court was expecting testimony or evidence from the state on the motion then she would need a continuance. She said she too just found out about the motion yesterday.

Normally seven to 10 days notice of such a motion is required.

"The timing of this obviously didn't give the state much opportunity to prepare a response," Satterfield said.

Satterfield said the departure motion was something on which she wanted to hear evidence so she could weigh that and make a ruling.

Satterfield also pointed out she received a letter of witness statement given at the time of the investigation by Carolyn Desmond and Satterfield had provided that to both sides and said if there was an objection that also was a matter to be taken up.

With a criminal history score of I, with the report listing one misdemeanor conviction for DUI in 202, May was facing a sentencing range of 109 to 123 months.