For anyone interested in the outcome of Barry Behrman's situation. http://www.pilotonline.com/news/nw0504beh.html
05-07-2002, 07:37 AM
And for those just slightly interested, but not interested enough to go over to another link, here's the copied 'n' pasted text of that story:
Billiard hall owner fined for running ''nip joint''
By STEPHANIE MOJICA, The Virginian-Pilot
© May 4, 2002
CHESAPEAKE -- Billiard hall owner Barry Behrman won't serve any jail time for running casinolike parties out of his Greenbrier mansion, where authorities said illegal gambling and alcohol sales took place.
Behrman, 56, pleaded guilty Friday in Circuit Court to two felony counts of conducting an illegal gambling operation, two misdemeanor counts of illegally selling alcohol and two counts of failing to file a certificate for a business license, also misdemeanors.
Eight other charges, including a felony cocaine possession and a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge, were dropped under the plea agreement that was accepted by Circuit Judge Bruce H. Kushner.
Kushner sentenced Behrman to six years and four months on the convictions but suspended it on condition that he be on supervised probation for five years and pay a $1,000 fine.
A trial was set for May 6, but the last-minute plea agreement stopped the potentially lengthy hearing, said Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Andrew James.
``We all suffered from the bad publicity,'' Behrman said after Friday's court appearance. ``I spent many nights at home alone worrying.''
Behrman, owner of Q-Master Billiards in Virginia Beach and founder and promoter of the U.S. Open 9-Ball Tournament, was indicted after a Dec. 2 raid on his $625,000 Audubon Circle home in the Warrington Hall subdivision.
Police said he was collecting a $5 cover charge for people to dance, drink, gamble and play pool in a casinolike atmosphere. Court papers alleged he was selling mixed drinks for $2 and beer for $1. He also took a cut of gambling proceeds, according to court documents.
Undercover police officers and Alcohol Beverage Control agents investigated the monthly parties for four months before the raid, court documents said. As many as 100 people were in the home during the raid, police said. More than 60 were arrested that night on misdemeanor charges, including drug possession.
Behrman and others believed to be the bartenders and card dealers were charged later. Two of Behrman's daughters, Shannon Behrman, 22, and Heather Bress, 20, were charged and later convicted in February of two misdemeanor counts each of illegal sales of alcohol. Each paid a $300 fine and was given a suspended 60-day jail sentence.
Behrman is to meet Monday with ABC officials about whether he can continue to hold a liquor license for his billiards hall.
Whatever the outcome, ``it won't end my business,'' Behrman said.
``I never intended to break any laws,'' Behrman said. ``I had nice people having a clean fun time once a month. Some played cards, but many were just hanging out. I know now covering alcohol costs is illegal.''
Behrman said he plans to sell his home but will continue living in Chesapeake. But he said even legal parties aren't in the cards for him in the foreseeable future.
Interesting. Two felonies? $1,000 fine? I know someone who probably committed no crimes but was convicted of one felony and sentenced to 19 years to serve 12. Paid around $30,000 to incompetent lawyers. Interesting justice system.
Ken in CT
05-07-2002, 10:05 AM
All I'll say is I hope things get better for him. Over the course of my lifetime, I've done many things that could have caused me considerable problems. Just because I didn't get caught, doesn't make me any saint. I'm still no saint, but at least I like the man I see in the mirror these days.
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