Assistant U.S. Attorney Ashley Altshuler said Teddy Mitchell has been involved in sports bookmaking most of his adult life.
“Would you agree with that?” the prosecutor asked. “Yes,” Teddy Mitchell replied.
The hearing Monday bogged down at one point when Teddy Mitchell said he bought rent houses with his profits from the gambling business but didn't do it to hide the source of the money. “I thought it was the best thing to do for retirement,” he said.
Because of that claim, the judge was hesitant at first to accept Teddy Mitchell's guilty plea to a money-laundering conspiracy. After a break, the judge agreed to accept the plea when Teddy Mitchell admitted to financial actions that promoted the Internet business.
In his separate guilty plea, Dryden Mitchell admitted he was involved in the Internet sports gambling business from 2005 or 2006 to 2010.
“It was pretty simple,” he said of his role of picking up and dropping off money.
He estimated he had 40 or 50 clients. He said his father was above him in the organization.
He also admitted that he used at least $10,000 in gambling funds as part of a down payment on his Oklahoma City house.
Mitchell turns focus
to solving wife's killing
Outside the courthouse Monday, defense attorney Scott Adams said Teddy Mitchell was excited to put the gambling case behind him so he could focus on finding out who killed his wife and on taking care of their daughter, London.
“That's all we really care about it,” Adams told news reporters.
Under his deal, Teddy Mitchell will get back about $90,000 held in trust for his daughter and will get to keep some real estate under the daughter's trust.
Julie Mitchell was found beaten to death in a bedroom closet of the Oklahoma City home in November 2010. Teddy Mitchell was traveling out of state at the time. The family has said money was missing from a closet safe.
London, then 1, was found beside the body in a pool of blood.
Adams on Monday called on the federal government to go after violent criminals.
“Leave the gamblers alone. They're not doing anything,” the defense attorney said.