A Monroe bar owner has been found guilty on two counts of running a gambling operation out of his bar, according to the state Attorney General's Office.

Jeffrey Conway, 53, pleaded no contest Wednesday to one count of party to the crime of commercial gambling-taking a bet and one count of party to the crime of using a wire communication to facilitate sports betting, according to court records.

Green County Circuit Judge James Beer found Conway guilty on both counts because of the no contest pleas.

Conway faces a maximum 3 1/2 years in prison plus up to a $10,000 fine on each count. He is to be sentenced on Jan. 30. A pre-sentence investigation has been ordered.

Conway, owner of Old Smokey's Tavern in Monroe, was arrested in April on eight counts of commercial gambling. He was the second person arrested in a gambling probe being conducted in Monroe by Monroe Police and the Wisconsin Department of Justice's Division of Criminal Investigation.

Werner Rast, 50, Monroe, was arrested on similar charges in December 2011, with Old Smokey's being named in the criminal complaint against Rast as the pickup and drop-off location for bets made on college and NFL football games and on the NCAA basketball tournament.

Rast got 18 months' probation after being found guilty on 10 counts of gambling in October, court records show.

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