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Sentencing set for Parkers, associate on federal gambling charges

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COLUMBIA, SC (AP/WIS) - A sentencing hearing has been set for a trio of men convicted on federal gambling charges Wednesday afternoon.

Brett Parker, his father, Jack Parker, and Doug Taylor will be sentenced on the charged on Dec. 18, 2013.

The sentencing comes after a jury took 5 hours to decide their fates.

Jack and Taylor remain out on bond until sentencing.

Brett, of course, remains in jail as a result of his conviction for killing his wife, Tammy Jo Parker, and his business partner, Bryan Capnerhurst.

Jack and the prosecutors made an arrangement where he will have to forfeit a $67,000 certificate of deposit, but he gets to keep his home because Brett and Tammy's children are staying at that home.

"The government had tried to take both Mr. Parker's house and $67,000 that was in a certificate of deposit," said Parker's attorney Josh Kendrick.  "The U.S. Attorney offered us the opportunity to give up the C.D. in exchange for them basically waiving the claim to the house or any further money.  So we just can't risk his family's home being taken away from him."

"The children are living with Jack Parker," said U.S. Attorney Winston Holliday. "We didn't want to disrupt that at all."

Holliday and fellow federal prosecutor Nancy Wicker had a tricky task during this week's gambling trial.

They had to prove the government's claim that the trio were part of a gambling operation -- one that was sizeable enough to involve at least five people.

They had to do that without mentioning Brett's previous murder trial.

But Holliday says the trickiest part of the case was proving the statute that five people were involved.

"We always knew that the four core bettors, Jack and Brett Parker, Bryan Capnerhurst, and Doug Taylor, were going to be pretty straight-forward to prove, but the fifth was an issue," said Holliday. "Ultimately, I think the verdict turned on the layoff bets and not Tammy Parker and we felt very good about the evidence there."

In addition to participation by at least five people, the operation also must run for 30 consecutive days or bring in at least $2,000 on any one day.

In this trial, a mostly white male jury considered whether the Parkers and Taylor engaged in a sports betting operation extensive enough to qualify as a federal violation.

Attorneys for Brett and Jack Parker said the government would have a hard time proving more than four people took part in the enterprise.

Ultimately, Holliday says Wednesday's verdict proves law enforcement officials have thoroughly shut down gambling operations in the Midlands.

"This is just not going on anymore," said Holliday. "Even the bookies who wouldn't fall under the federal statute -- when we talked to them because it's a network, we even had a couple testify in this case -- they're not doing it anymore." 

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