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Carl and Jenna King admit guilt in illegal slot machines

FARMINGTON – A Park Hills couple has admitted to promoting illegal gambling.

Carl King, 49, and Jenna King, 53, each pleaded guilty to two felony counts of first-degree promotion of gambling. Five other counts were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

Circuit Court Judge Kenneth W. Pratte ordered a presentence investigation report to be compiled by the State Board of Probation and Parole and set sentencing for April 15.

According to court records, the Kings profited from illegal gambling by setting up and operating seven slot machines at Elvins Auction in Park Hills.

One count of promoting gambling in the first degree was filed against each of the defendants for each of the slot machines police say they confiscated in the raid.

After receiving information from the Missouri Gaming Commission and a local “confidential informant,” Park Hills police obtained a search warrant for Elvins Auction on June 15. A team of officers executed the search warrant about 15 minutes before an auction was expected to conclude.

Detective Mark Rigel said they found the seven electronic slot machines in full view at the business. Officer Tony Remshardt, who was also involved in the raid, said one woman was using a machine when police entered the building.

Officers took information from all the people in attendance at the auction and Rigel said several confirmed they had played the slot machines and received payouts from the operators when they won. There were signs on all of the machines that said they were for amusement only.

All seven machines were seized by police and are being held as evidence in the case. They also seized approximately $1,500 in cash that is believed to have been obtained through the alleged illegal gambling activities.

While the Gaming Commission made it clear it has no enforcement authority related to illegal gambling activities outside licensed casinos, it did provide technical assistance during the investigation. Officers from the unit did tests on five of the machines. Rigel said the machines were set for a much lower rate of payoff than machines found in the legal casinos in the state.

Chief Bill Holloway said the department’s investigation indicated there had been slot machines in the business for about one year. It further indicated the machines are owned by a man who lives in Washington County and were placed at the auction house under consignment.

In other cases, Larry Lanham, 26, of Desloge, was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree assault. According to court records, Lanham caused serious injury to Kory Bonacker by stabbing him in the thigh on Nov. 1, 2003.

Charles Rose, 46, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for possessing a weapon in the Farmington Correctional Center.

Denver Donald, 26, of St. Louis, was sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to possession of a controlled substance – cocaine and resisting arrest. According to court records, Donald resisted officers who were trying to arrest him during a traffic stop. He reportedly placed baggies in his mouth and then tried to run from officers.

Jason Adams, 21, of Park Hills, was sentenced to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to receiving stolen property, two counts of second-degree burglary, four counts of stealing, possession of a controlled substance and tampering.

Steven Edward Jaroszewski Jr., 22, of Marquand, was sentenced to seven years in prison for violating the probation he received for possession of a controlled substance.

Jason Jarvis, 33, of Cadet, was sentenced to four years in prison for violating the probation he received for failure to pay child support.

Cecil Crawford, 23, of Park Hills, was sentenced to seven years in prison for violating the probation he received for forgery and possession of a controlled substance.

Paschel J. Tourville, 28, of Hazelwood, was sentenced to two years in prison for violating the probation given for failure to pay child support.

Jesse Rector, 21, of Park Hills, was sentenced to five years in prison for second-degree statutory rape. According to court records, Rector had sex with a 15-year-old girl.

George Burtchett, 27, of Park Hills, was sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree burglary.

Sophria Holt, 40, of Farmington, was sentenced to four years in prison for forgery.

Jason Radcliff, 27, of Bonne Terre, was sentenced to four years in prison for violating the probation he received for knowingly burning or exploding.

Harry Todd Torwegge, 40, of Villa Ridge, was sentenced to three years in prison for violating the probation he received for two counts of failure to pay child support.

Placed on five years of supervised probation were Terry Humphrey, 48, of Knob Lick, for driving while intoxicated; Marci Eckhoff, 24, of Ste. Genevieve, for forgery; Christina Lawrence, 26, of Farmington, for second-degree assault; Carol Curtis, 36, of Park Hills, for fraudulently attempting to obtain a controlled substance; Raymond Lindsey, 25, of Farmington, for stealing; Brian Olinger, 24, of Ste. Genevieve, for leaving the scene of an accident; and Alicia Wilson, 20, of Perryville, for passing a bad check.

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