Sentencing reset for developer in Lasseter case

ATLANTA -- Sentencing for Mark Gary, the developer and former planning commissioner involved in the corruption probe that brought down Shirley Lasseter, has been rescheduled for a second time.

Gary pleaded guilty in federal court last October to charges stemming from his alleged bribery of Lasseter, a Gwinnett County commissioner at the time, and her son. He had been scheduled for sentencing Thursday morning (after that had been reset from the original date of Jan. 3), but will now be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Charles Pannell Jr. on Aug. 27.

In previous hearings, Gary has said he initially declined Lasseter's request for $30,000, the price of her vote for a controversial $4 million solid waste transfer station in which he had an ownership interest. But prosecutors believe he ultimately gave the money to Lasseter's son, John Fanning, in the form of gambling chips at an out-of-state casino.

Gary has reportedly been aiding federal officials in their ongoing investigation. Once sentenced, he could face up to 10 years in prison and $250,000 fine.


Dubbin 2 years, 3 months ago

The only thing wrong with this story is that Charles Bannister should be going to jail with Lasseter and Gary.


LilburnLady 2 years, 3 months ago

Wonder if this guy was one of the group of developers who was videotaped gambling in Las Vegas with their good buddy Kevin Kenerly? Kenerly paid everyone's way on those trips. Wonder if pay back with gambling chips was a common practice?


Coolray 2 years, 3 months ago

Why is it that Kenerly hasn't even gone to trial and Shirley's already wearing stripes? This smells of gender discrimination. The good ole boys: Hill, Kenerly and Bannister are playing golf at Sugarloaf while the one crooked gal rots behind bars.


pcjohn 2 years, 3 months ago

It's probably because the prosecution of Hill, Kenerly and Bannister Is in the hands of Porter, our illustrious DA who never met a crooked politician he wanted to prosecute. Lassiter and Gary were taken to the bar by our Federal DA, a competent woman who, unlike Porter, believes politicians CAN do wrong.


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