A sentence for two men from Bountiful convicted of Polygamy last year is not expected for another six weeks.
Justice Sheri Ann Donegan told the courtroom Tuesday she will need that amount of time before she is ready to provide her verdict in the case.
Winston Blackmore and James Oler were both found guilty last July for practicing polygamy.
Sentencing ran all day Tuesday at the Cranbrook Courthouse as prosecution and defence gave their arguments over what prison term the men should face.
Dan McLaughlin with the BC Prosecution Service says a different sentence is being argued for both men.
“Crown took the position that an appropriate sentencing range was between one month and six months,” McLaughlin says. “Specifically, the Crown submitted that an appropriate sentencing range for Mr. Blackmore would be between three months and six months, followed by one year probation and for Mr. Oler for one month to three months in custody, also followed by one year probation.”
He says a sentence in this case would be precedence setting.
“This case, the sentence that was required was one which would serve to denounce the unlawful conduct and act as a deterrence to others that might be inclined to engage in similar conduct.” McLaughlin says.
Meanwhile, Blackmore’s lawyer argued for a conditional or absolute discharge in the case, so that he may continue working and supporting his family.
The case will resume in Cranbrook Court Friday to fix a sentencing date.