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GREAT FALLS - Longtime Great Falls businessman Zollie Kelman has died of natural causes at the age of 82.

Croxford Funeral Home confirmed Kelman died Monday.

Kelman established American Music Co., which leased jukeboxes, pinball machines and other amusement games to bars. The company later added video gaming machines.

Kelman was charged with numerous gambling violations in the late 1980s. He pleaded guilty to five misdemeanor counts of placing unlicensed video bingo machines in taverns and surrendered his gambling license.

Kelman's daughter, Abby Portney, said Kelman regretted the bad decisions he made.

Kelman, who dropped out of high school in the fall of his sophomore year, also owned a pawn shop, Zollie's Jewelry Exchange and World Wide Press and went into real estate after getting out of the gambling business.

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