A former bookie who learned the illegal business from his father was sentenced Monday to six months in federal prison.
Dryden R. Mitchell had sought only probation, but the judge noted he had openly and flagrantly violated illegal gambling laws for years.
“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.
Dryden Mitchell, 33, of Oklahoma City, pleaded guilty in July to two felonies for his involvement in the illegal Internet sports wagering business and for money laundering.
Under a deal with prosecutors, other felony counts against him were dismissed Monday. Also under the deal, he forfeited to the federal government assets worth as much as $250,000, said his attorney, Billy Bock.
He will be on supervised release for two years after he completes his prison term.
His father, Teddy Mitchell, is awaiting sentencing for involvement in the same illegal Internet business and for a money-laundering conspiracy.
The case has attracted considerable public attention because of the unsolved beating death of Teddy Mitchell's wife. The body of Julie Mitchell was found Nov. 2, 2010, in the closet of the master bedroom of their Oklahoma City home. Police have made no arrests.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Ashley Altshuler told the judge Monday that Dryden Mitchell lived the “freewheeling, easy money, fast life” of a bookmaker for 10 years and had 70 clients. The prosecutor said Dryden Mitchell also was very much involved in his father's illegal poker games.
The prosecutor said that instead of grieving after his stepmother's death, Dryden Mitchell worried about the impact it would have on his bookmaking business. The prosecutor said Dryden Mitchell told a relative he bet only about seven clients would continue to bet with him.
In a legal filing last week, the prosecutor suggested that Dryden Mitchell “was being groomed by his father … to one day take over the family business of illegal bookmaking.”