• Matthew Klinger, a 51-year-old Jefferson City, Missouri resident was sentenced to five years of supervised probation after admitting to shooting a bitcoin ATM with a handgun.
• He pleaded guilty in Cole County to first-degree property damage last week and got five years of supervised probation.
• A law enforcement officer will monitor Klinger’s actions for five years after the latter destroyed the BTC ATM in Jefferson City.
Missouri Citizen Sentenced to 5 Years of Probation After Shooting a Bitcoin ATM
Matthew Klinger – a 51-year-old resident from Jefferson City, Missouri – had his fate sealed when he plead guilty in Cole County to first-degree property damage last week. Now, he has been sentenced to five years of supervised probation after admitting to shooting a bitcoin ATM with a handgun.
Klinger’s Motives Behind Violent Act
When asked about his motives behind the violent act, he said he ravaged the bitcoin ATM “so that it could not take money from anyone else.” It remains unclear whether the machine had any faults before the moment of shooting.
Supervised Probation Details
Klinger received five years of supervised probation as part of his sentence and an assigned law enforcement officer will monitor his actions during this period. The officer will ensure that Klinger obeys all court rulings and failure to comply can result in jail time as an alternative form of punishment.
The incident occurred back in August 2020 when Klinger arrived at Vapor Maven on Missouri Boulevard where he requested to talk to the general manager of the store (where the ATM was placed). After hanging up, he took out his handgun, fired five rounds into the machine, and left without saying anything else. He later admitted everything to his wife before calling police who eventually found him at home where they also discovered weapon used for crime on porch nearby.
In conclusion, Matthew Klinger is now facing 5 years of supervised probation as punishment for vandalizing a Bitcoin ATM located near Jefferson City, Missouri last year. During this time period an assigned law enforcement officer will oversee all activities conducted by him and if any rules are broken then prison time can be expected instead as consequence.