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Eleven Indicted in Connection with Illegal Gambling Operation

JACKSON, Tenn. – Eleven West Tennesseans are accused of being a part of an illegal gambling ring that operated at five locations in Jackson.

According to a news release from U.S. Attorney Edward L. Stanton III, the eleven people indicted for conspiracy for their alleged involvement in the gambling ring are:

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.

A news release stated that 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 allegedly owned a building located at 107 South Royal Street in Jackson. Lisa and Justin Sanders operated Breakers Billiards, a pool hall and bar at that address, and supervised the illegal gambling activities on site.

Cantrell is accused of owning a building at 303 Hale Street, Jackson. Taylor operated Larry’s Sports Bar at that address and supervised the illegal gambling activities on site. That business has since been closed by the City of Jackson as a part of a public nuisance action.

Estes and Cantrell are also accused of being partners in illegal gambling enterprises at three other locations.

Sturghill allegedly supervised operations at 400 Airways Boulevard. Case, Seavers and Williamson are accused of managing operations at 36 Bond Street. Stewart allegedly supervised operations at a business located at 98 Harts Bridge Road.

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.