HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) – A federal judge has agreed to postpone the sentencing of former Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland until January.

Rowland was convicted last week of seven counts related to his attempts to hide work on two Republican congressional campaigns through phony business deals.

U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton granted a defense request to move sentencing from Dec. 12 to Jan. 7.

The convictions carry a total possible sentence of 56 years in prison, though Rowland likely will face much less time under federal sentencing guidelines.

Defense attorney Reid Weingarten, also filed a standard motion Wednesday asking the judge to overturn to the jury’s verdict. Arterton did not immediately rule on that motion.

Prosecutors say Rowland was paid $35,000 to work on the 2012 campaign of Republican congressional candidate Lisa Wilson-Foley and conspired to hide those payments through a consulting contract with a business owned by her husband. They say he tried to strike a similar deal with another candidate in 2010.

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