Saline County State's Attorney Michael Henshaw (Source: KFVS)
SALINE COUNTY, IL (KFVS) -
The sentencing for a Saline County doctor convicted of trying to have the state's attorney kidnapped has been rescheduled.
Brian Burns was scheduled to be sentenced on July 25, but he has requested new counsel. His new sentencing date is Aug. 29.
It took a Saline County jury less than two hours to convict Burns on felony charges of solicitation of aggravated kidnapping, conspiracy to commit aggravated kidnapping and attempted aggravated kidnapping. That trial took place in May 2017.
Sheila Simon, a law expert at SIU, said the timing of this move is rare.
"It's not common for a defendant to switch attorneys after a criminal conviction and before a sentencing," Simon said. "But also...not impossible ...usually only done with approval of the judge and some good reason related to making sure the case is done in a way that gets to justice."
Authorities said Burns, who is also charged with the murder of his wife, conspired with an undercover detective and another jail inmate to have the state's attorney kidnapped.They said Burns wanted his murder case dismissed, and was willing to take that extreme action to make it happen.