Oklahoma City gambler Teddy Mitchell has agreed to plead guilty.
His plea in his illegal gambling case is scheduled for July 8 in Oklahoma City federal court.
“Teddy admitted that he did some things that were wrong,” defense attorney Scott Adams said Tuesday. “He just wants to put this matter behind him and focus on his family and taking care of his daughter and trying to find out who murdered his wife. And that's where all of his energies are.”
U.S. District Judge David Russell will decide later how much time Mitchell must serve in prison.
“He's going to plead guilty to a gambling count … and one of the money laundering counts,” Adams said.
Mitchell, 58, was accused last year in a federal indictment of illegally making millions of dollars by hosting high-stakes poker games at his Oklahoma City home and by taking bets on sporting events.
Before reaching a deal, he faced 49 counts. The jury trial was set for August.
The gambling case attracted widespread public attention because Mitchell's wife, Julie, 34, was brutally beaten to death in their home in November 2010. Teddy Mitchell was traveling out of the state at the time.
Her body was found in a closet where a safe was. Her unharmed daughter, London, then 1, was found beside her in a pool of blood.
Adams said again Tuesday that a $50,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of whoever is responsible for the beating death.
In exchange for his guilty plea, Mitchell will be able to keep some of his real estate and will get back some of his already seized assets. The federal government in 2011 began civil forfeiture proceedings against about two dozen properties owned by Mitchell, his sons, a trust or their limited liability corporations.
“He's going to be able to retrieve some houses and, most importantly, some property for his daughter that he had in trust that they had seized and some money,” Adams said. “She won't have to worry about her future in the long run, which is all Teddy really cares about.”
Eight others were indicted last September, along with Teddy Mitchell.
Also agreeing to plead guilty is son Dryden R. Mitchell, 32, of Oklahoma City.
Defense attorney Billy Bock said Dryden Mitchell will plead guilty to one gambling count and one money laundering count. Dryden Mitchell had faced 31 counts before reaching a deal with prosecutors.
“He's getting back some assets, also. He's in a very good position, legally and factually,” Bock said. “He's working. He's got a great job. We look forward to going before the judge and presenting everything to the judge and let him make a decision on what Dryden's future is going to be.”
Two admitted bookies already have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing.