3 People Sentenced in Illegal Columbia Gambling Ring

4:01 PM, Dec 18, 2013   |    comments
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Brett Parker

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Three men have been sentenced for their role in what prosecutors said was an illegal gambling ring operating in the Columbia area.

A federal judge handed down the sentence to Brett Parker, his father Jack Parker, and Douglas Taylor. A jury convicted all three back in September.

Brett Parker received two years in prison, Jack Parker got five months in jail and five months home detention, and Taylor got eight months of home detention.

Assistant US Attorney Winston Holliday asked for Jack Parker to receive more time behind bars than what the judge ultimately decided.  Holliday's recommended penalty would have put Jack Parker behind bars for 10 months in stead of 5.

"I thought the conduct warranted a little bit more but certainly as long as he goes to jail and serves some time, I think our general goals are served," Holliday said.

Brett Parker, Jack's son, was already serving two life sentences for killing his wife, Tammie Parker, and business partner, Bryan Capnerhurst, at the Parkers' Irmo home in April of 2012. Prosecutors say Brett Parker murdered his wife to get insurance money to cover his gambling debts, and also killed Capnerhurst in a dispute over money.

The judge said in court she didn't think this federal gambling case would have ever been prosecuted had the murder not happened.

"We wouldn't have been aware of it I don't think," Holliday said.  "If it had been brought to our attention and it was as extensive as it was, certainly we would have considered it.  I think we would have prosecuted this one.  Certainly, if more come to light along the same lines and scope, we will."

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