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VLT Smasher Had Tough Life, Crown Says

2 May 2006

NEWFOUNDLAND, Canada -- As reported by CBC News: "A Crown prosecutor says a Newfoundland man convicted of smashing nearly a dozen video lottery terminals with a hammer should not have to go to jail for his crimes.

"Prosecutor Robert Fowler has recommended a suspended sentence for Glen Joseph McDonald, 40, of Grand Falls-Windsor, who coped with his gambling problem by smashing several VLTs with a hammer in two pubs last fall.

"Fowler said McDonald had come through a "sad upbringing," starting when he was taken from his parents at the age of 10.

"...Fowler said McDonald has taken responsibility for his actions, and hasn't gambled since being charged last November.

"...The Crown is recommending McDonald receive a suspended sentence and a lengthy probation..."

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