A trial planned as part of the resentencing of a man who was convicted of a 2008 Leavenworth murder has been continued, a prosecution official said.

A trial planned as part of the resentencing of a man who was convicted of a 2008 Leavenworth murder has been continued, a prosecution official said.

A sentencing proceeding requiring a jury had been scheduled to begin Feb. 25 in the case of Matthew Astorga. But there was a request for a continuance in the case. A status hearing has been scheduled for Feb. 28 in Leavenworth County District Court, according to Deputy County Attorney Joan Lowdon.

Astorga, 41, was convicted in 2009 of the first-degree murder of Ruben Rodriguez. The crime occurred Dec. 26, 2008, in Leavenworth.

Astorga received what is known as a Hard 50 sentence. This means he received a life sentence without the possibility of parole for at least 50 years.

But he now has to be resentenced in the case because the state’s old Hard 50 law was struck down by a U.S. Supreme Court decision.

Under a new law, a jury will have to decide whether Astorga should once again receive the Hard 50 sentence.