A Brief Look at Crime 11/12 – 11/18

Casino Criminals Face Up To Life In Prison for Murder

Four men and a woman from the Miami area of Florida have been convicted in the killing of Alvaro Lopez Ramos, a Brinks Security Guard who was performing a routine cash pickup at the Calder Casino and Race Course in Miami Gardens, Florida. On August 21, 2011. It was during that cash pick up that Uri Ammar, Reginald Mitchell, Byron Kyler, Vladmimir Louissant and Victoria Barkley set in motion a plan to rob and kill Alvaro Lopez Ramos as he was working. Loussant told police he stole approximately $345,000 and fled the scene, first in a truck and then in a car which also contained his cohorts in crime, Kyler, Barkley and Mitchell. After the robbery and murder, both Barkley and Mitchell headed to the nearby Seminole Hard Rock Casino, where they gambled with part of the money they had stolen.

Man arrested after fatal shooting in casino

A man was killed and another man was arrested after an early morning shooting at a North Las Vegas casino. North Las Vegas police said a 31-year-old man, whose name was not released, was shot and killed after a dispute inside the Lucky Club Casino at 3227 Civic Center Drive, near Interstate 15. He died at University Medical Center. Shonta Hammond, 35, was arrested and booked into the Las Vegas Detention Center on murder charges. This was the ninth homicide in North Las Vegas this year.

 At Least Two Killed in Mexican Casino Attack

MEXICO, November 11 (RIA Novosti) – At least two people were killed and several more wounded after a group of armed assailants attacked a casino in the Mexican city of San Luis Potosi, local prosecutor’s office repored. One of the killed in the attack was a local businessman and a brother of a mayor of one of the towns in the state of San Luis Potosi. The brother of the victim held the post of the mayor between 2009 and 2011 and his main focus was the fight against the organized crime. The prosecutor’s office did not specify whether the assailants stole any money, but said that police already identified three of the suspects, who fled the scene of the crime in a car. In August of 2011, some two dozen gunmen burst into the Casino Royale in northern Mexican city of Monterrey, doused it with a flammable liquid and started a fire that trapped gamblers inside, killing over 50 people.

 Guilty plea entered in insurance fraud case

What’s $2.3 million worth? About 71 years in prison — and that’s if you cooperate. From January 2005 to October 2011, Edward Earl Waters allegedly conspired with Roland Edward Steed, of Swansboro, to defraud Kinston’s Discovery Insurance Company of more than $2.3 million dollars. Tuesday, Waters entered into a deal with state prosecutors, pleading guilty to two counts of aiding and abetting obtaining property by means of false pretense and two counts of conspiracy. The 62-year-old Kinston resident could receive a maximum sentence of 71 years and six months in prison. With his share of the cash, Waters said he bought jewels and used most of it for gambling. He would go on trips to places like Atlantic City and the Bahamas, taking with him between $6,000 and $7,000. The money also provided his only source of income for six to seven years. At times, he used it to pay for one daughter’s living expenses when she was in college, and another daughter’s bills.

 False info in NY lottery led to arrest in $5M scam

The New York State Lottery put out false information to snare two Syracuse-area brothers accused of scamming a customer out of a winning $5 million scratch-off ticket.  Lottery spokeswoman Carolyn Hapeman put out the bogus story last month, saying that 34-year-old Andy Ashkar legitimately bought the ticket in 2006 but waited several years before trying to claim the prize in March. Ashkar planned to share the money with his brother, 36-year-old Nayel Ashkar, according to the Lottery. Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick said Lottery officials used the media to get the real winner to come forward after suspecting that the Ashkars were not the legitimate winners partly because they asked for a lesser amount if they skipped a news conference. “I’m sure the DA would say ‘We had to smoke them out and all’s well that ends well,’ but it’s a slippery slope when the press is used for government purposes,” she said.

 Man sentenced to life for stabbing partner with a foot-long life

Domestic violence is in the news on an almost-daily basis. Crime correspondent Neil Hunter looks at two cases and asks an experienced detective what can be done to curb the problem. A MAN who stabbed his estranged partner to death with a foot-long kitchen knife was last night starting a life sentence after being branded a danger to women.  Graham Gibson was told he will be freed from prison only when experts from the Parole Board consider he is no longer a significant risk – which might be never. Teesside Crown Court heard how the gambling addict’s victim Christine Henderson, 50, left him after he repeatedly stole her money and became violent towards her. Months before the killing, the 47-year-old attacked mother-of-three Mrs Henderson and also assaulted one of her daughters when she intervened in the domestic dispute.

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