Police say 72-year-old woman back running video poker – Gaston Gazette

Kevin Ellis Gazette staff TheGazetteKevin

A 72-year-old woman who has admitted to overseeing illegal video poker games at her home near Cherryville in the past has gotten back into the game, according to police.

Jerry Kelly Shepherd of the 100 block of Allen Street faces a charge of operating video gaming machines out of her home, according to an arrest warrant. She was operating a “Superball Keno,” “Pot of Gold,” and two “sweepstakes” machines, according to an arrest warrant taken out by Gaston County Police.

Shepherd was released on an unsecured bond Monday on the misdemeanor charge.

In March, Shepherd said she was overseeing illegal video poker games at her home when a surveillance camera shows a man busted into the room with a gun pointed at her. Gaston County Police officers say another man was also involved, and together the suspects made off with Shepherd’s cellphone and around $2,000.

Shepherd said then that she feared for her life.  

“My daddy was murdered and shot one time in the back of the head,” Shepherd said in April. “That’s always on my mind. I’m going to die like my daddy. I can’t get over it.”

Shepherd waited two days to call the police after the March incident, and her four video poker machines had been removed by the time they arrived to the home.

The status of the robbery case was not immediately known. 

You can reach Kevin Ellis at 704-869-1823 or Twitter.com/TheGazetteKevin.

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