Prayers for judgment entered in Havelock slot machine cases

Published: Friday, August 22, 2014 at 04:04 PM.

Six people received prayers for judgment after entering guilty pleas on charges involving slot machines in Havelock.

The pleas came Friday in Craven County District Court with Judge David McFadden presiding.

The pleas mean that as long as the defendants don’t violate any laws within the next year, the convictions would be cleared from their records.

Benjamin Garth Edwards, of Greenville, pleaded guilty to one count of electronic sweepstakes violation and received a prayer for judgment continued. Assistant district attorney Robert McAfee dismissed 21 counts of operating/possessing slot machines and one count of an electronic sweepstakes violation. Edwards is the owner of Ben’s Beach Bingo off East Main Street near Shepard Street.

Miteshkumar Vinodbhai Mistry, of Havelock, pleaded guilty to one count of operating/possessing a slot machine and received a prayer for judgment continued. Mistry is the owner of U.S. Mini Mart at 221 East Main St.

Gajendrabhai Patel, of Havelock, pleaded guilty to one count of operating /possessing a slot machine and received a prayer for judgment continued. Patel is the owner of Food Fare at 227 West Main St.

Gloria Bergman, of Havelock, pleaded guilty to one count of operating/possessing a slot machine and received a prayer for judgment continued. Bergman is the owner of Jean’s Place, a private tavern at 330 East Main St.



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