OKLAHOMA CITY — A plea deal is reached between federal prosecutors and a father and son team that made millions of dollars from illegal gambling. Teddy Mitchell and his son, Dryden Mitchell, both avoided a trial by pleading guilty to one count of illegal gambling and one count of money laundering.
Teddy, 58, was married to Julie Mitchell, 34, who was beaten to death in their northwest Oklahoma City home back in November 2010. Teddy was traveling out of the state at the time.
At the federal courthouse Monday, Teddy admitted to taking bets on sporting events, profiting from using an offshore gambling website, and then concealing those earning (laundering) by using the money to buy several rental properties.
Both men will have to forfeit millions of earnings, as well as a majority of their properties.
Mitchell’s attorney, Scott Adams, said Teddy can now focus on finding his wife’s killer. He said Mitchell never tried to deceive the government.
“Seriously guys, we need to start prosecuting people for betting on football games and playing poker? Really? Is that what it’s come down to?” Adams said. “I would hope that the government at some point in time would go out and get these violent people, for instance, whoever killed Julie. Go find them and prosecute them. Leave the gamblers alone. They’re not doing anything.”
The U.S. Attorney’s office would not comment on Monday’s plea agreement. Teddy could face up to 25 years in prison.
Dryden, 32, could face up to 15 years in prison.It could take up to 90 days before a sentencing date is set for both men.