Sentencing for midshipman guilty of sexual assault delayed due to coronavirus
By HEATHER MONGILIO | The Capital | Published: July 24, 2020
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(Tribune News Service) — The sentencing for a Naval Academy midshipman found guilty of sexual assault and attempted sexual assault, among other charges, will be delayed three weeks as the defendant was showing signs of COVID-19.
Third Class Midshipman Nixon Keago was found guilty by a seven-member panel — the military version of a jury — earlier in the week on charges of sexual assault, attempted sexual assault, burglary and obstruction of justice.
On Thursday, the court held a sentencing hearing, which resembled a mini-trial, with defense and government attorneys calling witnesses. Friday was meant to be closing arguments, judge instructions and deliberations.
Instead, Judge Capt. Aaron Rugh announced that the sentencing hearing would need to be delayed until Aug. 14 because Keago was exhibiting signs of COVID-19. Keago was not in the courtroom Friday.
Further details on Keago’s condition were not shared.