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    Two men indicted in Jefferson County for operating an illegal sports gambling operation entered guilty pleas


    (Golden, CO – March 20, 2012) Two men indicted in Jefferson County for operating an illegal sports gambling operation were in court today and entered guilty pleas. Daniel Dinner, 60, pled guilty to a class three felony Criminal Mischief ($20,000 or more). Michael R. Elick, 38, pled guilty to a class five felony Professional Gambling (Repeat Offender).

    The illegal enterprise, headed by Dinner and Elick, solicited and took bets on sporting events, recorded the bets, and transacted winnings or losses based on the outcome of the sporting event. Bets were based on the “odds” which are published daily in Las Vegas where sports betting is not illegal.

    According to the indictment Dinner has been a professional bookmaker, dating back to the mid-1980’s. Over the last 30 years, hundreds of people transacted thousands of dollars in bets with Dinner.

    Dinner and Elick were indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury in July 2011.  Sentencing has been set for May 14 at 8:30 in Division 4 of the Jefferson County Court. Dinner faces a possible prison sentence of from 4-12 years. Elick could face from 1-3 years in prison.



    Pam Russell
    DA Public Information
    303-271-6905
    prussel@jeffco.us

    March 20, 2012


    Last Updated: 3-5-2014
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