More jail time sought for lawyer

Crown counsel wants more time in jail for a disgraced Vernon lawyer.

Crown counsel wants more time in jail for a disgraced Vernon lawyer.

Crown presented arguments in the B.C. Court of Appeal in Vancouver asking for a longer sentence for William Mastop, who pleaded guilty earlier this year to participating in the activities of a criminal organization and was sentenced one year in jail.

“The Crown’s position is that the court should consider increasing the sentence to two-and-a-half years,” said Neil MacKenzie, spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice’s criminal justice branch.

MacKenzie said it is Crown’s position that the one-year sentence imposed was not an appropriate sentence in the circumstances.

Mastop entered a guilty plea in December 2012 to participating in the activities of a North Okanagan criminal organization.

He was arrested in January 2010 in Lake Country.

A decision on the appeal has been reserved and no specific date has been set for a decision on the matter.

It’s believed Mastop is the first lawyer in Canada charged with participating in the activities of a criminal organization.