This week in Westchester courts

A pair of sentencings for two men convicted of violent crimes ….

Tomorrow, Westchester County Judge Barbara Zambelli is scheduled to sentence Kenneth West, who was convicted by a jury of brutally killing Josephine O’Keefe in her Pelham apartment in 1983. West is facing 25 years to life for the cold-case slaying, which was brought to trial by newly-discovered DNA evidence. O’Keefe’s daughter, Sue Hupplesberg, is expected to give a victim’s impact statement at the sentencing.  Click here to read the stories about the jury’s verdict.

UPDATE: WEST WAS SENTENCED TO 25 YEARS TO LIFE.

Then, on Thursday, after five (!) delays, state Supreme Court Justice Lester Adler may get to hand down his sentence to Tyrone Haywood, convicted of raping two prostitutes who he picked up near the Mount Vernon/Bronx border. Haywood hired a new lawyer for his sentencing, which has caused the matter to be adjourned over and over again. Click here to read about the case, including the conviction of his girlfriend for evidence tampering.

UPDATE: JUDGE DENIED HAYWOOD’S MOTION TO SET ASIDE THE VERDICT AND RE-SET SENTENCING FOR APRIL 30.

3rd delay in sentencing prostitute rapist

Tyrone Haywood of New Rochelle won’t be going to state prison quite yet. His new court-appointed attorney asked the judge for a few weeks to find a witness he claims will recant testimony against Haywood, who was convicted last year of raping two prostitutes, one in May 2007 and the other in January 2008.

Click here to read more about the case.

Both women testified against him at trial and a jury didn’t take long to convict him of first-degree rape and a host of other charges. He’s facing 25 years in prison on each of the rape counts.

Haywood was supposed to be sentenced today. His sentencing was postponed twice before because he booted his trial lawyer and his new public defender had to get up to speed on his case.

He’ll be back before state Supreme Court justice Lester Adler on March 19. The judge told Haywood and his lawyer that if they can’t find the woman and don’t have the right paperwork by that date, he’ll hand Haywood his prison sentence.