Imprisoned lottery computer tech seeks to overturn sentence

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A guy serving a 25-year prison sentence for conspiracy to dedicate theft by rigging computers to earn jackpots for himself, mates and spouse and children is suing the condition of Iowa, declaring he was pressured 4 yrs in the past to plead guilty to crimes he did not dedicate.

Eddie Tipton filed paperwork commencing the lawsuit from prison in Clarinda, Iowa, in January 2020. He wants the court docket to halt all restitution he’s been purchased to pay until finally a trial is held, during which he mentioned he will existing paperwork and other evidence to persuade the court to reverse his sentence.

“The sentence is cruel and unusual since it has been applied to an actually harmless man or woman simply to see that he is billed with a crime,” he stated in courtroom files.

The state past 7 days requested that the lawsuit be dismissed. A listening to will be held Nov. 14 to contemplate placing a new trial date.

Tipton labored at an Urbandale, Iowa, organization that furnished random selection drawing computer systems to numerous lottery states. Investigators stated he put in code on lottery computers that permitted him to forecast the profitable figures on a few days of the year.

Tipton, at his 2017 Iowa sentencing listening to, explained to the judge he “wrote application that involved code that authorized me to recognize or technically predict successful numbers, and I gave those people figures to other persons who then won the lottery and shared the winnings with me.”

Tipton approved a plea settlement and was purchased to repay $2 million in sick-gotten winnings from lotteries in Colorado, Wisconsin, Kansas and Oklahoma. An Iowa jury also convicted him of attempting to take $16.5 million from a rigged Iowa lottery sport in December 2010, but the Iowa Supreme Courtroom in 2017 overruled the conclusion, saying the state took much too long to prosecute him.

Tipton, who has been in jail since August 2017, now statements he was positioned underneath duress to plead guilty. He also alleges Iowa officers billed him for restitution in states for which it has no jurisdiction, and he suggests he cannot pay back.

It’s not obvious what happened to the income Tipton and associates received from the lottery online games involving 2005 and 2011. He labored with his brother Tommy Tipton and other people to order and assert successful tickets at least seven periods, netting a lot more than $2 million. Tipton has explained he ended up with only $351,000.

Assistant Legal professional Basic William Hill requested a decide Nov. 4 to dismiss Tipton’s lawsuit, arguing in a filing that the lawsuit is barred by the statute of limits and really should be dismissed as frivolous.

Hill also said by submitting the lawsuit Tipton is violating the terms of his June 29, 2017, plea agreement involving possible conditions in many states and that the violation “provides the prospect for all jurisdictions to re-initiate prison rates stemming from Tipton’s actions.”

Tipton, who has been appointed an attorney, now claims that the Iowa Supreme Court docket dismissal in 2017 eradicated the basis for the crime he finished up pleading to.

“The applicant been given a favorable decision in the Iowa Supreme Court docket whereby the court docket said that there was not a continuing or ‘ongoing’ criminal offense nor was there a continuing menace and, thus, the sentence for ongoing felony carry out is bogus and unlawful,” he wrote.

As part of a plea arrangement to settle circumstances in multiple states he pleaded responsible in June 2017 to theft and computer crime fees in Wisconsin and to ongoing felony carry out in Iowa.