OKLAHOMA CITY – A man accused of running an illegal gambling ring in Oklahoma City is punished for the crime in federal court.
A judge sentenced Teddy Mitchell to serve 27 months behind bars for his role in the crime.
The sentence comes after Mitchell pleaded guilty to two charges of illegal gambling and money laundering.
After court, Mitchell’s attorney called the sentence fair and now hopes the attention shifts away from gambling to the unsolved murder investigation of Teddy’s wife, Julie.
In November of 2010, Julie Mitchell was found beaten to death inside the family’s home.
“I’d rather not say what I think about the sentence, but I’m glad it’s over,” said Teddy Mitchell. “I wish they’d focus on finding who hurt my wife.”
“You know, I don’t like any of this but I think the judge treated Teddy very fair and so does Teddy,” said Scott Adams, Mitchell’s attorney.
Prosecutors claim Mitchell ran a series of high-stakes poker games, as well as taking online wagers on sporting events.
During sentencing, prosecutors alleged Teddy under-reported his gambling profits by hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.
Mitchell’s attorney hopes the headlines of the gambling case finally bring Julie Mitchell’s killer to justice.
“We’d like some interest in the case,” said Adams. “If this brings attention to finding who murdered Julie, it’s worth it and Teddy would do it again tomorrow.”
Mitchell remains free on bond.
He has just over a month to get his affairs in order before serving his time.
Mitchell’s son, Dryden, is currently serving a prison sentence for his role in the gambling operation.
A second son, Nick, was sentenced to probation.
In all, nine people were convicted of taking part in the gambling operation.