Sports activities Bettor Receives Probation For Sending Loss of life Threats To Skilled Athletes
A sports activities bettor that despatched dying threats to skilled athletes acquired three years of probation from a federal choose.
Benjamin Tucker Patz, identified to the sports activities betting neighborhood as “Parlay Patz,” pled responsible to a rely of transmitting threats in interstate or international commerce final March. Patz despatched messages on Instagram to 4 gamers on the Tampa Bay Rays following a loss to the Chicago White Sox in the summertime of 2019. He was arrested for these messages a 12 months later.
Court docket paperwork mentioned that Patz advised one participant “I’ll enter your house whilst you sleep” and “I’ll reduce up your loved ones.”
Based on a report from the Tampa Bay Occasions, Patz was in a federal courtroom in Tampa Thursday afternoon for his sentencing.
The fees may have landed him as much as 5 years in jail. As a substitute, U.S. District Choose Steven Merryday opted for 3 years of probation, in addition to six months of home arrest, a complete psychological well being remedy and random drug testing. Merryday additionally banned Patz from any type of playing, whether or not it happen on-line or at a brick-and-mortar facility.
Patz was reported to have made seven-figures betting sports activities in 2019, however his lawyer implied that Patz was merely an issue gambler and had acquired remedy for his behavior for the reason that incident. Patz started working a part-time job and started attending school since his arrest in 2020.
He additionally supplied an apology to the gamers he threatened whereas at his sentencing. Whereas he was solely going through fees for what he despatched to gamers from the Rays, it was documented that he despatched comparable messages to gamers on the Chicago White Sox, Atlanta Braves, Washington Nationals, Kansas Metropolis Royals, Cleveland Indians, Baltimore Orioles, Toronto Blue Jays and San Diego Padres.
“I’d prefer to apologize to the victims,” mentioned Patz. “Not solely those within the plea, however all of the victims.”
U.S. Lawyer Patrick Scruggs advised Merryday that the prosecution didn’t imagine that there was any intent on the a part of Patz to observe by way of together with his threats, which is why he didn’t suggest jail time.