Four men accused of helping run gambling ring plead guilty
OKLAHOMA CITY — Four men accused of helping run an illegal gambling ring in Oklahoma City plead guilty in federal court. Teddy Mitchell, two of his sons, and six others are accused of taking part in the gambling operation.
All but one of the nine suspects has now pleaded guilty to the crime. Allegations of dealing high stakes poker games and using a website to take wagers on sporting events led to an 81 count federal indictment against nine suspects last year.
Tuesday in federal court Justin Musgrove and David Loveland both pleaded guilty to taking part in the alleged gambling. Loveland told a judge he collected money from those who lost their bets.
A third suspect Michael McCullah and his attorney left court after pleading guilty as well. Billy “Nick” Mitchell admitted he failed to report income he made from gambling on his taxes.
The next step is sentencing. It’s still unclear how much time the suspects will have to serve, but accepting a plea deal could significantly cut the time the defendants spend behind bars.
“Anytime you can avoid a trial with an agreement that’s beneficial to both sides you should take it. In this case by pleading guilty they’ll minimize the sentence they’ll get by accepting responsibility,” said attorney David McKenzie.
All the suspects plan to ask the federal judge for probation. Last week, Teddy Mitchell and son Dryden also entered guilty pleas.
The gambling case came to light after someone beat Mitchell’s wife Julie to death inside their home in 2010. That murder officially remains unsolved.
All the suspects in the gambling case remain free on bond until sentencing. Two men in Nevada and California have also pleaded guilty.
The ninth and final suspect, Jerry Gilchrist, has not yet agreed to a deal.