By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – Sentencing for Michael and Marie Salts was delayed Monday because of the death of their son this weekend.
The Saltses, now divorced and former funeral home owners in Prentiss County, were scheduled to appear before Senior U.S. District Judge Neal B. Biggers Jr. to learn their fate for guilty pleas in a home-purchase fraud case out of Lee County.
But early Sunday morning, their 21-year-old son died of an apparent drowning.
Marie Salts’ attorney on Monday asked for a delay, saying federal prosecutors did not object to the change. The court agreed.
Michael Salts continues to serve a state prison term associated with another conviction but was granted unsecured bond Monday to attend the funeral if the circuit court in Lowndes County will allow it.
No new sentencing date has been set.