Donald “Ducky” Conti Jr.’s days could be numbered as a Lawrence County Housing Authority member.

Conti, 50, of 408 E. Home St., pleaded guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor violation of the state’s gambling device law. He awaits a March 1 sentencing.

He has agreed to a sentence of 12 months of probation, costs of destroying the gambling machines, a $500 fine and forfeiture of the machines.

That proposed sentence, part of his plea bargain, will have to be approved by Judge J. Craig Cox, for the charge filed against Conti by state police.

Conti also has agreed to accelerated rehabilitative disposition — reformatory classes — in exchange for city police charges against him.

Conti and three others were arrested after the raid of the Vita Nuova Club/Family and Friends of Italy at 630 E. Washington Street in July, 2004. State police executed a search warrant in an investigation into illegal gambling devices and illegal sale of liquor. The warrant listed Conti as the club owner.



•REPORTER DEBBIE WACHTER MORRIS IS WORKING ON THE STORY AND WILL HAVE COMPLETE DETAILS IN THURSDAY'S EDITION OF THE NEWS.

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