Charges dropped in poker game case

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on March 21, 2011 at 10:51 AM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 22 at 7:34 AM

SANDPOINT, Idaho -- Three north Idaho businessmen accused of taking part in an illegal poker game are no longer facing criminal charges.

The Sandpoint prosecutor's office dismissed charges against all three last week in exchange for each defendant agreeing to forfeit $200 cash bonds posted in their cases.

In December 2009, police arrested 30-year-old Dustin Jacob Koril, of Sagle, 29-year-old Gary Lee Solis, Jr., of Oldtown and 37-year-old Lex Andrew Sparks of Wrenco. They were each charged with violating state law prohibiting gambling in an establishment where liquor is served, a misdemeanor.

The arrests came after police officers discovered a poker tournament at the Spar Bar during routine checks.

Defense attorney Doug Phelps told the Bonner County Daily Bee said the dismissal shows prosecutors were having trouble making their case against the three men.

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