As of Wednesday, May 15, 2013
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Gwinnett Daily Post
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.