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Judge to hear sentencing arguments for B.C. men convicted of polygamy

May 15, 2018 12:25 PM
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CRANBROOK, B.C. — A special prosecutor is recommending two men who were leaders of a religious sect in British Columbia serve time in jail after being found guilty of polygamy.

Peter Wilson is asking for a sentence of between 90 days and six months in jail for Winston Blackmore, and a term of one month to 90 days for James Oler.

Wilson says both men are hard working and honest citizens, but the sentences must denounce their crimes and deter others.

He told Justice Sheri Ann Donegan of the British Columbia Supreme Court that there are only two other convictions for polygamy in Canadian history, but because those cases took place in 1899 and 1906 they do not help in determining a sentence for the 62-year-old Blackmore and 54-year-old Oler.


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