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Jackson Man Pleads Guilty In Betting Ring

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(WLNS) - A Jackson man pleaded guilty for his role in what is being called an "extensive sports betting ring" that operated out of a Tecumseh flooring store.

On Wednesday 68-year old James Johnson pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting the distributing of cards; and aiding and abetting the conducting of a gambling operation, both punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Attorney General Bill Schuette announced the plea. Johnson is the second person convicted in the case. In May 57-year old Thomas Demlow, 57, of Adrian pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting conducting a gambling operation and failure to file a tax return or filing a false tax return.

"I would like to thank Lenawee County law enforcement and the Michigan State Police for their help and hard work in this investigation," Shuette said in his news release. "We will continue to aggressively pursue and shut down any illegal gambling operations wherever we may find them."

Johnson and Demlow and three others, Kevin Andrew O'Connor, 55, of Adrian; Deborah Kay Johnson, 62, of Tecumseh; and Gregory Todd Worker, 48, of Onsted, were charged in the gambling ring by Shuette in January.

O'Connor is accused of running the betting operation for more than 15 years at his company, O'Connor & Sons Flooring, in Tecumseh. Officials claim he accepted wagers made over the phone and took other bets.

He is scheduled to be in court July 22.

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