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Oklahoma gambler Teddy Mitchell sentenced to 27 months in federal prison

Oklahoma gambler Teddy Mitchell also gave up more than $1 million in property and assets to the federal government because of his crimes.
by Nolan Clay Modified: January 17, 2014 at 9:51 pm •  Published: January 17, 2014

Longtime Oklahoma City bookie Teddy Mitchell was sentenced Friday to 27 months in federal prison for illegal gambling and money laundering.

Mitchell, 59, pleaded guilty in July to two felony counts. Under a deal, he forfeited more than $1 million in real estate and other property to the federal government.

The judge gave him until Feb. 24 to report to a federal penitentiary.

“I'm glad it's over, and I wish they would put all their resources to finding out who hurt my wife,” Mitchell told reporters outside the Oklahoma City federal courthouse.

His wife, Julie Mitchell, 34, was brutally beaten to death at their northwest Oklahoma City home on Nov. 2, 2010. Police have made no arrests in her homicide.

Defense attorney Scott Adams told reporters there is a $50,000 reward for information solving her killing.

U.S. District Judge David Russell punished Mitchell for his role in Gortation Management, a Costa Rica-based Internet business that accepted illegal sports bets. The judge also punished him for conspiring to commit money laundering.

Mitchell also hosted illegal high-stakes poker games at his home, the FBI said.

“I'm sorry I broke the law,” he told the judge.

Prosecutors had hoped for a stiffer sentence. Mitchell had asked for six months or less in prison for the sake of his daughter, London, 4. She was 1 and with her mother at the time of the killing.

“She lost her mother and now she will lose her dad. All I want to do is accept my punishment, get out and take care of my daughter,” he told the judge.

Mitchell said again Friday that he did not believe at the time of his bookmaking activities he was breaking federal law. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ashley Altshuler called that claim “absolutely ludicrous.” The judge agreed, saying he didn't buy it.

Mitchell said Friday a federal agent years ago told him he could buy a federal gambling stamp and be in compliance with federal law. He said he had been doing it for 20 years.

The judge sharply criticized Mitchell for involving his wife and two sons in illegal gambling. The judge said one son is in prison and another is on probation “because of you.”

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