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Men Sentenced to Prison in Columbia Bookie Case

5:54 PM, Jan 8, 2013   |    comments
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Three men have been sentenced for their role in a Columbia gambling ring authorities say is connected to a double murder suspect.
 
U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles says Lanny Ray Gunter was sentenced Tuesday to five months in prison and ordered to pay a $10,000 fine. Harry Benenhaley and Ronald Dale Spence were each sentenced to five years probation.
 
The men pleaded guilty in October to running a gambling operation, taking in thousands of dollars on any given day.
 
They were charged as a result of an investigation of another alleged sports bookie. Authorities say Brett Parker needed money and shot his wife, Tammy, and Bryan Capnerhurst - another alleged bookie - in the couple's home in April to make it look like self-defense.
 
Parker is still awaiting trial.

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