McPherson Bookmaker pleads guilty
By dave
A Tallahassee bartender charged with felony bookmaking in the gambling investigation of former Florida State quarterback Adrian McPherson was placed on probation Friday when he pleaded no contest to four misdemeanor gambling charges.

Dereck Delach, 24, will be on probation for two years, pay $452 in court costs and attend 10 sessions of Gamblers Anonymous. He was also ordered to serve 30 days in Leon County's jail work camp _ picking up trash all day in prison garb, but sleeping at home. Judge Kathleen Dekker presided in the case.

The charges resulted from a three-month investigation by the university, Tallahassee police and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

The investigation included testimony from witnesses who said they were present when McPherson placed bets and a former team equipment manager was often the contact with Delach, who then placed bets on the Internet for McPherson.

Delach had eight or nine regular customers, according to the police report. His laptop was seized Dec. 11, 2002, and its contents included gambling-related data, police said.

Former Florida State football team equipment manager Jeffrey Inderhees was also charged with one felony count of bookmaking, but his case has not yet gone to trial.

McPherson was ordered to do community service, serve 90 days on a county work detail and be on probation for up to 30 months after pleading no contest last month to gambling and theft charges.

McPherson, who is the only Florida prep athlete chosen 'Mr. Football' and 'Mr. Basketball,' hopes to continue his athletic career at Tennessee State.

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