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The former bookkeeper for a bankrupt retail oil company was sentenced to serve up to five years in prison for entering false information into company books, but the defendant will remain free until a judge decides if he should get a new trial.

John P. Becker, 49, Ogden, was sentenced Monday by 2nd District Judge Stanton Taylor for his part in embezzling funds from Mountain Oil Co.Becker was found guilty last month of second-degree felony communications fraud and illegal acts by a company director. He was found not guilty of theft by the same jury. Taylor sentenced Becker on the lesser felony charge of fraud and he did not impose sentence for the illegal acts charge.

Defense attorney Don Hughes has notified the court he plans to file a motion for a new trial, and Taylor will hear arguments on that issue June 5.