Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive

Monday, July 17, 2000


Bexar County jury returns guilty verdict

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn today announced that a jury in Bexar County returned a guilty verdict in an eight liner case. The jury deliberated for just over three hours. Richard E. Legere was found guilty on four counts of engaging in organized criminal activity through the operation of eight liners. Legere owned Poor Richards Lounge in Universal City, Bexar County. Eight liner machines were found in the bar.

"If you break the law, you will pay the price," said Attorney General Cornyn. "I intend to continue my commitment on working closely with local law enforcement to vigorously investigate and prosecute eight liner cases."

Legere faces up to $10,000 on each count, confinement in a state jail facility for not less than 180 days or more than 2 years. Legere could also be eligible for up to 10 years probation.

This is the first conviction for organized crime involving the use of eight liners that Attorney General Cornyn's office has obtained.

The Attorney General's office has been involved in investigating this case with the Bexar County District Attorney's office since March 1999. The Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Special Crimes Division in San Antonio, also assisted in the investigation.

Since March 2000, six defendants have been found guilty on multiple counts regarding eight liner operations.

This case was handled by Assistant Attorney General Bill Lewis of the Attorney General's office and Tom Clark of the Bexar County District Attorney's office.

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