Vernon gang lawyer not getting out of jail early
Howard Alexander - News Editor
William Mastop leaving the Supreme Court of British Columbia with an on Thursday March 7, 2013.
Image Credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Eric Dreger
April 05, 2014 - 11:22 AM
VERNON – Canada’s highest court has turned its back on a convicted and disbarred Vernon lawyer.
The Supreme Court of Canada has refused to hear an appeal application from William Mastop, 46.
Mastop was originally sentenced to one year in jail after being convicted for helping a Vernon-area criminal gang called the Greeks.
His time behind bars was increased to 30 months following a successful Crown appeal.
Mastop fought that ruling, arguing the lower court was right to give him a reduced sentence after concluding there was no proof gang members used any of the details he supplied.
The B.C. Court of Appeal rejected that argument and more than doubled Mastop’s jail time — and now the Supreme Court of Canada will not reconsider that decision.
Mastop pleaded guilty in December 2012 to passing on information about police activity to Greeks gang leader Peter Manolakos.
He was disbarred last year, but hadn’t practiced law since the charge was laid in 2010.
News from © The Canadian Press, 2014