Accused gambling promoter avoids more jail time-WEB ONLY

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A former Indiana Teamsters boss and Anderson-area businessman has pleaded guilty to promoting professional gambling in an agreement that will allow him to avoid any additional time in jail.

Seventy-one-year-old John L. Neal of Yorktown will serve 18 months on probation and will be credited with time served in federal custody for the same case. In exchange, prosecutors agreed to drop 70 felony counts.

Neal was arrested in Sept. 2006. He was accused of operating a multi-county video gambling ring at nearly two-dozen bars in Madison, Delaware and Henry counties.

Neal was accused of using a pair of Muncie businesses, Muncie Coin and Video Services, to place video gambling devices, such as “Cherry Masters” machines, in area taverns. Prosecutors sought to have the properties turned over to the state using Indiana’s organized crime forfeiture laws.

Defense attorney Richard Kammen says Neal has sold his business interests where alcohol is served.

Neal earlier agreed to forfeit more than $2 million. The money was divided among police agencies, prosecutors and an attorney.

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