Officer in Urlacher Sports Betting Case Enters Guilty Plea

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Jagajeet Chiba
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A Chicago cop has plead guilty for his role in the operation of a high profile sports betting ring that involved the brother of Bears great Brian Urlacher.


Nicholas Stella, 43, pleaded guilty to conspiring to conduct an illegal gambling business. Four others tied to the case have already plead guilty.

Back in January, then President Donald Trump pardoned Casey Urlacher, whose brother ranks among the ten best Bears players of all time.

Ten individuals were charged in May 2019 for running an illegal sports betting business.  

Stella was also accused of destroying his phone when investigators attempted to search it in a case involving alleged domestic violence. 

US District Judge Virginia Kendall said Chicago officer has shown a “pattern of three incidents of violence over a very short period of time” toward the unnamed female, according to the Chicago Tribune. 

"You are a danger to the community. You are a danger to her,” the judge told Stella this week, confirming her ruling at the end of a hearing Tuesday.

Stella is on a paid leave of absence from the police department. 

- Jagajeet Chiba,

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