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State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia postponed sentencing Wednesday of a former Erie County highway supervisor whose actions set off a series of investigations and created public embarrassment for the county administration.

Douglas H. Naylon, former senior engineer for the county's Aurora Highway District, pleaded guilty in August to two misdemeanors involving the use of a county-owned tractor-trailer on two separate occasions to promote his private business interests.

Buscaglia postponed Naylon's sentencing until Nov. 15. He faces a sentence ranging from probation to up to two years in jail.

Naylon's lawyer, Paul Cambria, requested a postponement because he said he wasn't given the opportunity to review the Probation Department's lengthy presentencing report until that morning.

Deputy District Attorney Mark Sacha argued against the delay, but Buscaglia agreed the presentencing report deserved adequate time for review.

"Obviously, the defendant's liberty is at stake here," he said.

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