NEW YORK, February 9 - RAPSI. Judge Shira Scheindlin set March 12 to pass a sentence in the case of Russian businessman Viktor Bout, a correspondent reports from the New York court.

The sentencing date was initially set for February 8, but was later postponed after the parties filed new motions. The defense filed for reversing the guilty verdict passed by the jury in November. However, the judge dismissed the motion on Wednesday night.

The jury returned guilty verdicts on all four counts related to a conspiracy to kill Americans and U.S. officials, illegal acquisition and export of surface-to-air missiles, and support of terrorism by cooperation with the Colombian FARC guerrilla organization. If convicted, Bout faces from 25 years to life in prison.

He has pleaded not guilty.