The sentencing for Joshua Rosebush, the man convicted of shooting Saginaw Township Police Officer Jeff Koenig, has been postponed.
"It's frustrating, but unfortunately things like this do happen," Saginaw County Assistant Prosecutor Blair Stevenson said.
Rosebush was scheduled to be sentenced on Wednesday, Nov. 6.
The postponement came after Rosebush's attorney objected to the scoring of the sentencing, among other reasons why the sentencing should be postponed. Judge Andre Borrello heard the concerns and postponed the sentencing.
"The first one that he brought up was some issues with the sentencing guidelines. I pointed out to the court that even if the defense is right, it does not change the sentence," Stevenson said.
Stevenson said despite objections from the defense, Wednesday's sentencing could have still taken place. He argued against another point made in court over prosecution having 180 days to dispose of the case after incarceration.
"A 180-day issue, essentially giving the defendant the right to a trial within 180 days. Defense conceded that the law is on our side and I brought that up to the court as well. However, the court wanted time to go over that law," Stevenson said.
Borrello said he would rather be safe and do his due diligence so Rosebush doesn't have to be resentenced.
Borrello added he doesn't feel there is a rush to sentence Rosebush since he is incarcerated and "is not going anywhere."
For now, Stevenson said he is hoping a new sentencing date will be picked soon so justice can be served.
"So the people were prepared to go. We were hoping he was going to get sentenced today. We had a lot of officers with us. We had victims who wanted to speak today. But unfortunately, he's going to have to wait for another day," Stevenson said.
On Oct. 4, Rosebush was convicted of assault with intent to murder, among other charges, for the Jan. 22 shooting.
Koenig was performing a traffic stop at the time. You can read more about the case here.
On Friday, Sept. 27, Koenig took the stand. During court testimony, Koenig said he saw a pickup with no headlights. He walked up to the driver's side window, and as he walked up he heard Rosebush say "nighty night," and was shot in the face.
"I didn't feel anything. I never felt pain. I just felt the impact of the rounds. I just didn't want to get shot again. So, I was hoping that he would either get hit or that he would take off," Koenig testified.
Dashcam video played in court shows Koenig being hit by gunfire at close range and falling to the ground. Koenig called for help on his police radio saying he had been shot. The officer was shot twice and still has bullet fragments in his sinus cavity that will be there for the rest of his life.
"I had a shattered jaw, shattered eight teeth. The round broke the end of my collarbone and that was it so far," Koenig testified.
The jury found Rosebush guilty on 26 counts including one count of assault with intent to murder and one count of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder.
Rosebush faces up to life in prison for the assault with intent to murder charge.
His new sentencing date has been set for Nov. 25.