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Report: Former Oilers owner Pocklington wins appeal, avoids prison sentence

Peter Pocklington

Almost two full years after being sentenced to prison for allegedly violating terms of his probation, former Edmonton Oilers owner Peter Pocklington has had his sentence overturned following an appeal, as per the CBC.

From CBC News:

Former Edmonton Oilers owner Peter Pocklington has avoided a six-month prison sentence after a court of appeal in California reversed a lower court ruling related to a probation breach.

In a news release, Pocklington’s lawyer, Becky James, said the recent ruling, “vindicates Mr. Pocklington, whose probation was improperly extended even though both the probation officer and the FBI acknowledged there was no probable cause to find a violation.”

In September 2013, a judge in Riverside, east of Los Angeles, sentenced Pocklington to six months in prison followed by a further six months of house arrest for breaching his probation on a perjury conviction related to a bankruptcy fraud case.

Pocklington is best known for trading away Wayne Gretzky to the L.A. Kings in 1988.

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