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Jefferson City man sentenced for shooting Bitcoin machine

by News Tribune staff [email protected] | February 23, 2023 at 4:01 a.m.
In this Monday, April 7, 2014, file photo, a bitcoin logo is displayed at the Inside Bitcoins conference and trade show in New York. (Associated Press file photo)

A Jefferson City man was sentenced to five years of supervised probation after pleading guilty to shooting a Bitcoin machine.

Matthew Klinger, 51, pleaded guilty in Cole County to first-degree property damage last week.

A Jefferson City Police Department probable cause statement says the incident occurred in August at Vapor Maven on Missouri Boulevard.

Klinger reportedly asked an employee about the machine in the store and who he could speak to about it. The employee then allowed Klinger to use his cell phone to talk to the store's general manager.

After getting off the phone, the employee told police that Klinger took out a handgun from his waistband and fired five rounds into the machine and left. No injuries were reported.

When questioned, Kilnger reportedly told officers he left the store to go home and tell his wife what had happened and then called the police. He left the gun he reportedly used on a table on the porch of his residence.

When asked why he fired at the machine, Klinger allegedly said he did it, "so that it could not take money from anyone else."

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