Clipped From The Palm Beach Post
I wf ! V. , 7 J. Ss . MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZStaff Photographer Gregory Mounts, son of Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Marvin Mounts, is sentenced Friday to five years of probation. Mounts' son accepts plea deal, probation By VAL ELLICOTT Palm Beach Post Staff Writer ' WEST PALM BEACH A judge's son accused of disguising himself as a police officer and stealing $7,000 during a home invasion pleaded no contest Tuesday to grand theft in exchange for five years' probation. , Gregory Mounts entered the plea midway through his trial on nine charges including armed robbery, armed burglary with assault, false imprisonment and impersonating a police officer filed in connection with the August 1993 break-in at the home of Jacqueline Hogue and William Dor-rington. "lie is not admitting his involvement in this whatsoever," Mounts' attorney, Michael Salnick told Broward County Circuit Judge Paul Backman. "This is a plea in his best interest." Mounts could have received a seven-to-nine-year prison sentence had the jury convicted him. He also pleaded no contest Tuesday to two marijuana counts in a separate, unrelated case. In return for the pleas, prosecutors dropped all nine counts in the home invasion case and agreed that Mounts will have no felony record. "Short of a not guilty verdict, you really could not get a better deal than that," Salnick said. But he and prosecutors were adamant that Mounts, 26, son of Palm Beach County Circuit Judge The Judge's Son THE CASE: Gregory Mounts, son of Circuit Judge Marvin Mounts, was accused of impersonating a police officer, breaking into a West Palm Beach home and stealing $7,000 in 1993. WHAT HE FACED: He could have been sentenced to seven to nine years in prison if jurors had convicted him of nine charges in connection with the alleged home invasion. WHAT HE GOT: He received five years' probation after pleading guilty Tuesday, midway through his trial, to grand theft. Marvin Mounts, did not receive special treatment. "That had no bearing (on the plea deal)," said Carol Jordan, a Dade County prosecutor specially assigned to the case. She declined to comment specifically on possible weaknesses in the state's case. But she and Sal nick confirmed that Dorrington, a key prosecution witness, was not expected to testify because there is a warrant out for his arrest in a domestic battery case he is accused of attacking Hogue and he avoided efforts to serve him with a subpoena.