Philip L. Reizenstein, the attorney representing Parris, told the judge that he was concerned about his client’s health and being in a courtroom with other people. His concern was with the recent COVID-19 virus. The judge told Reizenstein that spectators could watch the sentencing from a different courtroom via Zoom. The sentencing will move forward without delay.
“I would like to get everything done,” Judge Linn stated during the Monday, August 23, 2021, status hearing.
Assistant State Attorney Chris Taylor asked the judge to have both the sentencing and restitution conducted on the same day because of all the delays.
“We can talk about restitution, cost of prosecution, cost of investigation, all in 30 minutes,” Taylor told Linn.
Jeffrey H. Garland, the attorney for Gilliams, said his sentencing presentation would only take 30 minutes.
Garland and Reizenstein say they have many objections to the restitution and having it on the same day as sentencing.
Judge Linn is still moving forward, and the new sentencing date will be Sept. 14, 2021, at 9:00 a.m.