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Pocklington sentencing on perjury charge in California delayed until Oct. 27

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Former Edmonton Oilers owner Peter Pocklington, of Canada, arrives at U.S. District Court for sentencing, in Riverside, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010. Pocklington is expected to be given probation by a Southern California judge after he pleaded guilty to a perjury charge. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon) Author: The Hockey News

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Pocklington sentencing on perjury charge in California delayed until Oct. 27

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Sentencing for Peter Pocklington on a perjury charge in California has been delayed because his lawyer was late filing paperwork in the case.

The former owner of the National Hockey League's Edmonton Oilers was in court Thursday morning for sentencing, but U.S. District Judge Virginia Philipps put the case over until Oct. 27 to give her time to review the 78-page document.

Phillips admonished lawyer Brent Romney for filing the pre-sentencing paperwork only a few days ago.

Outside court, Romney said he knew he filed late but wanted to give the judge the most up-to-date information about Pocklington’s cooperation with authorities.

Pocklington pleaded guilty last May to a single perjury count for making false statements and oaths in his bankruptcy case.

A plea deal suggested that Pocklington serve probation and six months of home detention with electronic monitoring.

The 68-year-old must also make full restitution after working with the Internal Revenue Service to determine his income tax liability between 2006 and 2008.

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Pocklington sentencing on perjury charge in California delayed until Oct. 27