Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive


Tuesday, May 9, 2000

CORNYN ANNOUNCES EIGHT LINER GUILTY PLEA

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn today announced that the Brown County Court at Law accepted a guilty plea against illegal eight liner operator, Thomas Davis. Davis owned the machines operated at Crazy 888's and Red Barn in Brownwood and pled guilty to four counts of gambling promotion and possession of gambling devices.

"The operation of eight liner slot machines violates the law. My office will work closely with local law enforcement to vigorously investigate and prosecute those who violate the law," said Attorney General Cornyn.

The guilty plea was accepted by the Brown County Court at Law this morning. As part of Davis's plea, he will pay a fine of $10,000 and serve six months of deferred adjudication probation. Davis will also forfeit 41 illegal eight liner slot machines seized from Crazy 888's and Red Barn.

Last November, the Attorney General's office, DPS, the Brownwood Police Department, the Brown County Sheriff, and the office of the Brown County District Attorney seized illegal eight liner slot machines and illegal gambling proceeds at Crazy 888's and Red Barn and three other eight liner businesses in Brown County. At that time, 120 illegal eight liner slot machines and $5,000 in illegal wagers and prizes were seized from the five gaming rooms. Similar charges are pending against the defendants in the other cases.

Since October 1999, the Attorney General's office has seized 1,000 illegal eight liner slot machines and $756,000 in illegal gambling wagers and prizes. Since January 1999, the Attorney General's office has been involved in civil cases resulting in the forfeiture of 336 illegal eight liner slot machines and $25,000 in illegal gambling wagers and prizes to the state.

Assistant Attorney General Sherri Tibbe in the Special Crimes Division of the Attorney General's office handled this case and worked with the Brown County District Attorney's office.

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