Video Poker Defendants Cooperating With Federal Investigators

Four participants in an illegal video poker operation could lower their prison sentences if they continue to cooperate with federal investigators.

Judge Thomas Selby Ellis sentenced James Otis Henderson to six years in prison Wednesday for running an illegal gambling business and bribing law enforcement officials. Prosecutors say Henderson Amusements made at least $14 million in western North Carolina in
seven years while paying more than $114,000 in bribes since 2005.

Barron Sloan Henderson, Harold Steve Hartness and Jerry Pennington were also sentenced Wednesday for their roles in the case. Prosecutors said all four defendants are providing assistance, and the judge said their sentences could be lowered if that continues.
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Former Buncombe County Sheriff Bobby Medford goes on trial for
related corruption charges next month.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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