Sentencing for former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert has been pushed back to April 8 after a federal judge granted a request from the ex-lawmaker's lawyers Thursday.
Hastert, 74, was released from a hospital on January 15 after having been treated for a stroke, a blood infection and sepsis. He also had two back surgeries and is now undergoing home care and rehabilitation for the next four to six weeks.
As part of a plea deal with prosecutors, the ex-congressman pleaded guilty to breaking bank reporting requirements in connection with an alleged hush money scheme. Hastert faces a sentence ranging from probation to up six months in prison, the minimum sentence for a felony conviction, as part of the deal.
Hastert was indicted last May for lying to the FBI and breaking banking rules in an attempt to pay an unidentified individual $3.5 million in hush money to conceal previous sexual misconduct. The victim of the misconduct, which took place when Hastert was a teacher at Yorkville High School back in the 1960s and 1970s, has not publicly come forward.