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Vernon lawyer awaits sentencing in March

A Vernon lawyer who admitted to taking part in organized crime activities may find out his fate in March.

Five court days for sentencing have been set aside from March 4 to 8 for the case of William Mastop, 46.

The matter will be heard by a judge in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver.

Mastop entered a guilty plea in December to participating in the activities of a North Okanagan gang referred to by police as The Greeks.

Crown lawyer David Jardine said Monday he couldn’t say if Mastop would be sentenced during that week.

The judge hearing the matter may take some time to absorb submissions from both sides before rendering a decision.

Mastop was arrested in January 2010 in Lake Country, and has been out on bail since which carries a number of conditions.

One of the conditions is he may not practice law.

All of the bail conditions continue to apply in this matter.

Mastop is believed to be the first lawyer charged, and the first to plead guilty, in connection with participating in organized crime activities.

 

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