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December 4, 2013

OKC man gets jail time for illegal gambling

Oklahoma City — A former bookie was sentenced Monday to six months in federal prison after pleading guilty to two felony counts. 

Dryden R. Mitchell, of Oklahoma City, pleaded guilty in July to two felonies stemming from an illegal online sports wagering business and for money laundering. Mitchell, 33, had asked for probation, but the judge sentenced him to six months, saying he had flagrantly broken the law for years, according to a story published Tuesday in The Oklahoman. 

“Society’s got to see that there is a price to pay for that,” U.S. District Judge David Russell said at the sentencing in Oklahoma City federal court.

Mitchell must also complete two years of supervised release. 

Mitchell’s attorney, Billy Bock, said prosecutors dropped other felony counts as part of a deal. Mitchell also forfeited to the federal government assets worth as much as $250,000. 

Mitchell’s father, Teddy Mitchell, will be sentenced in January for involvement in the same illegal business and a money-laundering conspiracy.

In an unrelated case, Teddy Mitchell’s wife was found beaten to death on Nov. 2, 2010, in the closet of the master bedroom of their Oklahoma City home. Police have made no arrests.

 

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