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Eleven Indicted In Jackson Illegal Gambling Ring

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 8, 2013

Jackson, TN – Eleven individuals were named today in a six-count indictment as part of an illegal gambling ring operating at five locations in Jackson, announced U.S. Attorney Edward L. Stanton III.

According to the indictment unsealed today, the following 11 individuals have been charged with conspiracy for their roles in operating the gambling ring:

Eddie C. Estes, 58, Jackson;
Robert Cantrell, Sr. 72, Jackson;
Lisa M. Sanders, 29, Jackson;
Justin L. Sanders, age unknown, Jackson;
Marcus Sturghill, Jr., 57, Jackson;
Gregory A. Case, a/k/a Alan Case, 45, Jackson;
Richard W. Stewart, 64, Jackson;
Isaac L. Taylor, 72, Jackson;
Bambi Seavers, 43, Trenton;
Marjorie Williamson, 43, Jackson;
Oliver Greene III, 55, Jackson.

The indictment alleges that between April 2011 through August 2012, Estes and Cantrell owned businesses around Jackson that contained hidden rooms where individuals could illegally gamble on electronic slot machines. Estes owned a building located at 107 South Royal Street in Jackson, TN. Lisa and Justin Sanders operated Breakers Billiards, a pool hall and bar at that address, and supervised the illegal gambling activities on site.

Cantrell owned a building at 303 Hale Street, Jackson, TN. Taylor operated Larry’s Sports Bar at that address and supervised the illegal gambling activities on site. Estes and Cantrell were partners in illegal gambling enterprises at three other locations. Sturghill supervised operations at 400 Airways Blvd., Jackson, TN; Case, Seavers, and Williamson managed operations at 36 Bond St., Jackson TN; and Stewart supervised operations at 98 Harts Bridge Rd., Jackson, TN.

Greene is alleged to have provided support by utilizing law enforcement contacts to run unauthorized searches of Tennessee Department of Transportation records, providing vehicle registration information, and providing information about tactics and procedures of local law enforcement. If convicted of conspiracy, each faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

Estes, Cantrell, Lisa Sanders, Sturghill, Case, Stewart, Taylor, Seavers, and Greene were also charged with operating an illegal gambling business and with aiding and abetting the operation of an illegal gambling business. Each faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each count.

Greene was additionally charged with three counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm. He is facing up to 10 years in prison and $250,000 in fines for each count.

This case was investigated by the FBI and the Jackson Police Department.

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The charges and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendants are considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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