Fla. Atty Gets 6 Years For $300M Allied Vets Gambling Plot

Law360, Miami (February 12, 2014, 7:08 PM EST) -- A Florida judge sentenced Jacksonville attorney Kelly Mathis to six years in prison Wednesday for his role in the $300 million Allied Veterans of the World illegal gambling center conspiracy, a decision his counsel warned would have a chilling effect on the practice of law.

Mathis' attorney, Mitch Stone of Stone Lockett, immediately filed an appeal of Circuit Judge Kenneth R. Lester Jr.'s decision, saying the state chose to make an example of Mathis because of his strong advocacy for his client and calling the prosecution's...
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