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A Monroe bar owner has been given 18 months of probation and fined $10,000 for taking sports bets.

Jeffrey Conway, 53, was sentenced in Green County Circuit Court on Wednesday, according to a news release from the Attorney General's Office.

Conway, owner of Old Smokey's Tavern in Monroe, was arrested in April 2012 on eight counts of commercial gambling for taking bets on college and NFL football games and the NCAA basketball tournament in 2006 and 2007.

Conditions of Conway's probation include payment of costs and supervision fees of over $13,000, no gambling activity and submitting a DNA sample.

Conway pleaded no contest to two counts in November so he was found guilty by Green County Circuit Judge James Beer.

A co-defendant in the gambling probe, Werner Rast of Monroe, was put on 18 months' probation after being found guilty on 10 counts of gambling in October.

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