A Brief Look at Crime 02/15 – 02/21

Man hangs himself after killing wife over gambling loss

A man was believed to have committed suicide by hanging himself after killing his wife at Taman Mesra Indah, Butterworth near here, Saturday. Seberang Perai Utara district police chief ACP Azmi Adam said R. Maphooh, 34, a Thai national was believed to have been slashed and stabbed by her husband, who is a local, following an argument, in the 4pm incident. Azmi said the argument was believed to have started in a room and ended in a fight outside their house. “The woman died at the scene due to serious injuries after being slashed and stabbed on the neck, body and right thigh. Her body was found in front of the house,” he told a press conference here last night. He added that the argument broke out after the wife found out that her husband had withdrawn RM4,000 of her money from her bank account without her consent and lost it at a gambling table.

Sailor Faces Murder Charges in Military Court for Shooting Best Friend

Austin Greening was convicted of second-degree murder for killing his
best friend in 2013, but he won a new trial and wound up accepting a
plea deal that gave him six months behind bars. But as soon as the Navy petty officer third class was released from prison last fall, he was arrested by military authorities on murder charges — for the same shooting death. It’s uncommon for the military to try a case that’s already been adjudicated in civilian court, but it occasionally happens if military leaders aren’t happy with a trial’s outcome. Double jeopardy, the constitutional prohibition against being tried for the same crime twice, doesn’t apply here because the first charges were in state court, and the new ones are federal. State court records say that shortly after Greening was arrested, he told another inmate in jail that he and Klubert were gambling on a “Madden NFL” football video game and that an argument erupted over the debt. “He told that inmate that he ‘snapped’ during the argument, and the next thing he remembered was the gun going off,” court records say. 

Stealing 550 checks to feed gambling addiction gets Frederick woman 18 months in prison

A Frederick woman caught stealing almost half a million dollars from her employer was sentenced to 18 months in prison Thursday. Jennifer Xanten, 51, pleaded guilty on Oct. 14 in U.S. District Court to charges of mail fraud. She admitted stealing more than 550 checks with a total value of about $426,000 from the mail sent to the rehabilitation center in Rockville where she worked for 15 years, according to court documents. Xanten was responsible for mailing out the company’s invoices. Starting in early 2014, according to court records, she would send invoices to collect payment for services the center performed, intercept incoming check payments and deposit them into her personal bank account. In a position statement regarding sentencing, Xanten said through her attorney that mental health concerns and a gambling addiction played a role in the scheme. She began to visit casinos to get her mind off things, but eventually her gambling got out of control. She was gambling four to five days a week, documents state, spending between $4,000 and $5,000 per visit. As a result of the gambling, she began stealing to “stay afloat,” court records said.

Buffalo man gets 20 years for shooting friend over gambling debt 

A Buffalo man who shot a family friend three times over a gambling debt — telling him “It’s time to die” before firing the final bullet into his face — was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years in prison. In December an Erie County Court jury found James R. Thomas Jr., 28, of Minnesota Avenue found guilty of attempted murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon in the near-fatal shooting of Leonard Webb on Sept. 1, 2013. At trial, Webb testified that he owed $1,000 to Thomas, whom he knew as “JT,” and that a few months later Thomas confronted him. Webb, 58, testified that, after riding around with Thomas and his uncle one afternoon, Thomas pulled the car over and told Webb, “You and me need to talk about this money.” They got out of the car and walked up the sidewalk, until Webb realized that Thomas had dropped behind him and was reaching into his pants for a gun. As he fled, Thomas shot him in the back, and then in the abdomen. Webb fell to the ground, he said, and as he begged for his life, Thomas told him “It’s time to die,”and he shot him in the face. Despite his injuries Webb was able to reach his cellphone and call 911.

Bookie Pleads Guilty To Arson, Extortion In Shocking Case  

A reputed mob bookmaker faced five years or more in prison Thursday after admitting he jolted a deadbeat gambler with a stun gun and tried to burn down a restaurant in a $190,000 – Insurance fraud. Organized crime investigators have been watching John A. Barile, 52, of East Hartford, since the early 1990s when he was busted for illegal gambling with a who’s who of the Genovese crime family’s western New England branch. On Thursday, Barile pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Hartford to charges of arson, insurance fraud, gambling and extortion. Judge Alvin W. Thompson ordered him back in court for sentencing on May 6. Barile received a $190,000 insurance payout for the restaurant, about $165,000 of which federal prosecutors were able to seize from a bank account he controlled. FBI sources said Barile once worked for Tony Volpe, the Hartford lounge owner who ran Hartford in the 1990’s for the Genovese family. Barile and an associate from Springfield, a 250-pound former professional wrestler known as “Big Pat” Poland, were given 30-month sentences in the 1990s after pleading guilty to a racketeering conspiracy.

1 dead, 2 critical after shooting at casino

Authorities say one person is dead and two are critically injured after a shooting at the Greenetrack casino in Eutaw. Lt. Jeremey Rancher of the Greene County Sheriff’s Office said at a news conference that deputies responded to a call at the casino Saturday afternoon. He declined to go into detail about whether the shooting occurred inside the casino or outside. Rancher says one person was fatally shot and one critically shot. The other person was wounded in the course of the incident but not shot. No further information was available about those involved. The person wounded by a gunshot was able to drive to a nearby gas station, but police say all people involved are accounted for. Rancher says the investigation is ongoing, with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency assisting.

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