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Lock-Up

By Van Smith | Posted 6/21/2006

Joseph Anthony Cary, the 51-year-old principal of the Owls Nest poker club (“Fouled Nests,” Nov. 23, 2005), was dealt jail time by Baltimore District Court Judge Jack Lesser in the 25-count gambling-conspiracy case brought against him after the club was raided by the city vice squad last November. Cary was found guilty of five counts June 9 and was sentenced to one year in jail, all but one month suspended, and a $500 fine for each count. After his 30-day incarceration is served, Cary will be on probation for one year.

The gambling case against Cary comes on the heels of an Anne Arundel County Circuit Court case, in which he’d appealed a lower-court guilty finding for punching his wife, Deborah Cary, in the face while she was home in bed in April 2005. On March 16, Cary was found guilty of assault and received a one-year sentence, all suspended except for the 11 days he’d already served, plus 18 months probation. According to Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Kristin Riggin, the gambling case will not affect Cary’s suspended sentence for assault because he was charged in the city before he was sentenced for assault in Anne Arundel.

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