British Poker Pro Sentenced In Wife's Death

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A 49 year old British professional poker player has been sentenced to 20 years in jail for murdering his wife Sabrina 16 years ago.

Marcus Bebb-Jones was a suspect in his wife's disappearance before her skull was found in a Colorado Park in 2004, but was not arrested until 2009, when he was extradited from the UK back to the U.S.

Originally professing his innocence, Bebb-Jones plead guilty to the crime earlier this year, after he admitted to killing his wife in a fit of rage and then hiding her body to avoid being caught.

It is thought that after the murder, Bebb-Jones went to Las Vegas. While there, he spent thousands of dollars on a Ferarri rental, clothes, and prostitutes. He then left for the UK before he could be arrested.

While speaking at his sentencing hearing, Bebb-Jones spoke to his wife's family, "I didn’t intentionally kill Sabrina, but what I did do was wrong and I ask for your forgiveness."

Sabrina's brother Mike Dang did not feel any pity for Bebb-Jones, asking that the court impose the maximum sentence on the defendant. His wish was grante, as the judge imposed a 20 year prison term.

Reading a statement from his father Mike Dang said, "This terrible man. He took her life, he took our grandson away and our daughter for no reason."

In his poker playing career, Bebb-Jones made a name as a player in UK live tournaments. At one point he took home the 2007 Grosvenor Grand Prix, pocketing £90,000 in the process.

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Dustin has a long-standing passion for gambling. He has been writing professionally on the subject and breaking industry news for Casino Listings since 2011. His favorite casino games include Blackjack, Poker, and Hi/Lo. A proud native of Detroit, Dustin currently lives in Michigan.