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Peter Pocklington sentenced to 6 months in jail

09/20/2013 01:26 EDT | Updated 11/20/2013 05:12 EST
Former Edmonton Oilers owner Peter Pocklington was sentenced today to six months in jail to be followed by six months house arrest after a California judge ruled he had breached probation by failing to disclose tens of thousands of dollars he received from his involvement in several gold-mining businesses.

Pocklington, 71, was given until Dec. 9 to report to prison, giving him time to recover from colon reconstruction surgery scheduled in November. Until then, he will be under house arrest as well and must wear an ankle bracelet.

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Pocklington was ordered to surrender his passport and remain in the southern California area. His probation was also extended by two years.

The U.S district attorney had asked for nine months in prison, while Pocklington sought to avoid jail altogether so he could continue to care for his wife, who has serious heart problems.

The judge said the couple's children could care for their mother.

Earlier this week, a judge in Riverside east of Los Angeles ruled Pocklington violated probation by submitting an inaccurate monthly income report, a task he was ordered to complete after he was convicted for perjury.

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