Liquor, Card Games And Guns Don't MixNovember 20, 2014 1:26 pm
In the past week, the news reported two truly bizarre stories of poker game related arrests that took place in the United States. One involved a man who shot his brother after he apparently found him cheating in a home game, and the other involving a 90-year old “poker granny” who was arrested during a raid on a home poker game and charged with running an illegal place of gambling.
In the first of the two shocking stories, Andre Lamar Moore, 45, was handed a 5-15 year jail sentence after shooting to death his brother, Jeffery Bernard Moore Sr. The incident took place on October 12, 2013, around 5:15 a.m. at Andre Moore’s home in Flint, Michigan, and according to Andre Moore’s Attorney Michael Ewing, his client shot his brother in self-defense after walking backward away from his brother, who continued approaching in a threatening manner. A struggle then followed and Jeffrey Moore was subsequently shot in the chest, and died.
“Liquor, card games and guns don’t mix,” explained Ewing.
The second story involving Mary Helen Morgan from Albany, New York made the local headlines for a number of reasons, not least because at 90 years of age, she was oldest woman to ever be arrested in her county. Apparently, Morgan had been organizing poker and gambling games at her home, selling alcohol illegally, and basically charged with running a disorderly house.
Following a police raid on her home, police subsequently confiscated $4,100 in cash, as well as drugs, two cars and even some gardening equipment. Mary Helen Morgan was also just one of 16 people arrested during the raid, and commenting on the incident, Deputy Chief Mark Scott said:
“This operation was a result of a two month investigation into illegal activity at this residence which included illegal gambling, illegal alcohol sales, illegal tobacco sales, possession of cocaine, ecstasy, marijuana and spice.”