WATCH: Crown asks for jail time in gas plants trial

A sentencing hearing for a former top Ontario political aide began today with a stay of one of two findings of guilt.

That means David Livingston will be convicted and sentenced on one count of illegally destroying documents related to the province's so-called gas plants scandal.

The judge agreed to stay the second guilty finding, attempt to commit mischief to data.

The prosecution says it wants Livingston to spend six months in jail for acting in a planned and deliberate way against basic democratic values.

The defence argues that he should get a conditional discharge, with community service hours.

Court heard from more than two dozen family members, friends and associates who describe Livingston as a man of integrity, someone with a strong sense of civic duty.

With files from Justine Lewkowicz