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Nevada bookie pleads guilty in Oklahoma City man's gambling case

A Nevada man pleaded guilty Friday in Oklahoma City federal court to involvement in illegal gambling involving Teddy Mitchell, of Oklahoma City.
by Nolan Clay and Tim Willert Published: April 6, 2013
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Another bookie has pleaded guilty to illegal gambling in a deal that requires him to testify if called by prosecutors at the upcoming trial for Teddy Mitchell, of Oklahoma City.

Gary John Gibb, 69, of Reno, Nev., also must forfeit $500,000 — the amount he made from his involvement in an illegal offshore Internet sports betting business.

“I was involved,” Gibb said in Oklahoma City federal court. “I definitely made a mistake. I know I did.”

U.S. District Judge David Russell will decide Gibb's punishment later. Gibb faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine on one felony count.

Prosecutors agreed to drop two other felony counts against Gibb at his sentencing if he fulfills his obligations to cooperate.

Mitchell, 58, is awaiting trial on a federal indictment that accuses him of making millions of dollars by hosting illegal high-stakes poker games at his Oklahoma City home and by illegally taking bets on sporting events.

Mitchell's attorney contends Mitchell is a professional gambler who believed he was acting legally.

The trial is set to begin in August in Oklahoma City.

The gambling case has attracted widespread public attention because Mitchell's wife, Julie, 34, was brutally beaten to death in their home in November 2010. Police have not arrested anyone in the death.

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by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for FOXSports.com in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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