Court orders new sentencing date for Riley Gaul

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A new sentencing date has been ordered for Riley Gaul, the former Maryville College football player convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend Emma Walker, a Central High School cheerleader, in November 2016. 

Gaul was convicted of first-degree murder on May 8

Gaul will now be sentenced on September 14 after his defense team filed a motion to continue his sentencing, previously set for July 20. The court already ordered Gaul to serve a life sentence for Walker’s murder. In Tennessee, a person ordered to serve a life sentence must serve 60 years in prison. Gaul will be eligible for parole after 51 years.

The September 14 sentencing is related to the other convictions Gaul received, including evidence tampering, stalking, theft and firearms possession. 

Gaul’s defense team at Hodges, Doughty and Carson said they are busy taking care of other, unrelated matters at their practice, so they need more time to prepare for the sentencing.

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