Sentencing postponed in Edinburg rape case

WOODSTOCK — The sentencing hearing in the case against the Edinburg man a jury found guilty of rape in early May has been postponed to a later date at his attorney’s request.

Patrick “P.J.” Wakeman, 40, appeared via video conference on Wednesday while his attorney, William Allen III, argued for more time to review the evidence in the case. Wakeman was found guilty on one of the two rape charges he was facing, the victim being 16 years old at the time.

A sentencing hearing was originally set for July 26, after the jury recommended a life sentence, but Allen explained that he still has not received the transcript from the two-day jury trial. He also noted that after he receives the transcript, he will need time to review it so he can prepare his motion to set aside the jury’s verdict.

Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp granted the motion to continue the sentencing hearing to a later date. The new sentencing date is set for Sept. 6 in Shenandoah County Circuit Court.