Man sentenced in poker room case

Posted: Sunday, April 20, 2008

PALMER - The last of eight people was sentenced Friday for operating an illegal poker room in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

Like all the others, Samuel Henry received no time behind bars. He was given a two-year suspended sentence and ordered to perform 40 hours of community service.

Henry was accused of running the poker parlor for James McDowell, a former Chugiak High School vice principal. McDowell got a two-year suspended sentence and a $5,000 fine.

Troopers raided the poker parlor last April. They reported finding more than $9,000 in cash, 14 poker tables and 11 players.

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