- Associated Press - Friday, February 5, 2016

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A bookmaker has pleaded guilty to charges he shot a gambler with a stun gun and tried to burn down a restaurant in a $190,000 insurance fraud scheme in Hartford.

The Hartford Courant reports (https://cour.at/23MHc8g ) 52-year-old John Barile pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to charges of arson, insurance fraud, gambling and extortion.

Authorities say the East Hartford man ran an illegal sports-related bookmaking operation from 2010 to 2014. Prosecutors say he shot a gambler with a stun gun to punish him for not paying his debts.

Prosecutors say Barile and three others plotted to burn down a pizzeria he and a partner owned in Middletown to collect an insurance payout in January 2010.

Barile is scheduled for sentencing on May 6.

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Information from: Hartford Courant, https://www.courant.com

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