Officials of illegal horse track plead guilty as part of deal

By: KXII-TV Staff & Wire Reports Email
By: KXII-TV Staff & Wire Reports Email

MARIETTA, Okla. (AP) - The top two officials of an illegal horse racing track in southern Oklahoma are avoiding prison by pleading guilty as part of a deal with prosecutors.

Jesus Romero of Dallas admitted being the general manager of the Red River Playgrounds near Thackerville. He pleaded guilty to 47 felony charges including conspiracy, commercial gambling, charging admission to an illegal track and managing unlawful proceeds.

His plea deal calls for 162 years in deferred sentences and more than $42,000 in fines and court costs.

Romero's top assistant was Martin Trejo of Seagoville, Texas, who pleaded guilty to four felony charges in exchange for 22 years in suspended sentences and more than $32,000 in fines and court costs.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.


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  • by Anonymous Location: Grayson on Feb 22, 2008 at 04:57 PM
    This is appaling. How can anyone have 47 felonies and walk away from jail with a slap on the hand. Every US Citizen who has to serve time in jail or prison because of a felony should demand a reduced sentence of 1 day. This is not legally or morally justice. If I ever get a felony DWI I want their lawyers.
  • by P. U. Nethgil Location: Sherman on Nov 29, 2007 at 07:08 AM
    SO when do these fine citizens open their next racetrack? I cain't hardly wait to see them nags a-runnin' agin! (SARCASM)
  • by any mouse Location: texas on Nov 27, 2007 at 09:34 AM
    WHY such light sentencing? suspended is a wrist slap. Did any one check these guys for priors in texas? before suspending sentences ?
  • by TX Location: Texoma on Nov 26, 2007 at 01:42 PM
    I bet those poor animals where well taken care of........NOT
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