Sentencing for the Tracy man convicted of torturing a teenage boy at his neighbor's home two years ago has been delayed until next month.
Anthony Waiters, 31, was originally scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday by San Joaquin County Superior Court Judge Terrence Van Oss, but Waiters' attorney asked for the delay to file additional paperwork with the court, including a motion for a new trial. The new sentencing date is set for Feb. 28 in the Stockton courthouse. Waiters is facing a life sentence.
Allan Jose, Waiters' attorney, said he expects his motion for a new trial to also be heard Feb. 28. If Van Oss denies that request, the court will then proceed with sentencing, Jose said outside the courtroom.
In November, a San Joaquin County jury convicted Waiters of torture, aggravated mayhem and several other charges for physically abusing Kyle Ramirez, who was 16 when he escaped the Tennis Lane house Dec. 1, 2008, and ran into a nearby gym, begging for help. He wore only boxer shorts and was emaciated, dirty, bloody and had a chain around his ankle.
He said he had been beaten, cut, burned, chained to a coffee table and forced to sleep in a fireplace.
The three adults who lived in the home from which Kyle escaped -- Michael Schumacher and Kelly Lau, who are husband and wife, and Caren Ramirez, who was Kyle's caretaker -- were each sentenced Dec. 6 to three decades or more in prison.
They each took plea deals in the case, avoiding the possibility of life sentences had they been convicted by a jury.
Waiters, a youth football coach, was their next-door neighbor. Kyle testified in court that Waiters would come over and take part in the abuse, including hitting Kyle with an aluminum baseball bat and cutting his arm with a knife.
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