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4:46 pm
Fri January 6, 2012

Judge postpones sentence for underwear bomber

DETROIT –

A judge has postponed the sentencing of a Nigerian man who admits he tried to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner.

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab will now get his mandatory life sentence on Feb. 16.

Federal Judge Nancy Edmunds said Friday that a Jan. 19 hearing still will take place if passengers who had already planned to attend and speak to Abdulmutallab can't make it in February.

The postponement gives Abdulmutallab more time to review a mandatory pre-sentence report prepared by the U.S. Probation Department.

He pleaded guilty in October to trying to blow up an Amsterdam-to-Detroit flight on Christmas 2009.

Abdulmutallab is acting as his own lawyer. The judge denied his request to grant him a new attorney to advise him.