Sentencing rescheduled again for doctor found guilty of estranged wife’s murder

Sentencing delayed in Brian Burns case

HARRISBURG, Ill. (KFVS) - A sentencing hearing for Brian Burns was rescheduled on Tuesday, June 2 for the second time.

Burns’ sentencing was rescheduled for September 8 at 1 p.m.

Burns was found guilty for one count of murder in December 2019. The southern Illinois doctor was convicted of killing his wife in 2016. He was accused of shooting her, burning her body and then spreading the ashes.

He was originally scheduled to be sentenced on Tuesday, February 11 in a Saline County courtroom, but that was rescheduled because the state didn’t get the right paperwork to release him from the Illinois Department of Corrections.

On Tuesday, June 2, Brian Burns’ defense attorney Dwayne Verity said he didn’t know about the Tuesday, June 2 court date and was not prepared to move forward. So, the judge granted the attorneys more time.

Carla Burn’s son Jake Quinney was in court on Tuesday. He said he expected another delay with the case, but was still “flabbergasted.”

Quinney traveled all the way from Houston, Texas specifically to see his mother’s killer sentenced to prison, but that did not happen.

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