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Floridian Gets 25 Years For Killing Man After Gambling Losses At Dice

Tremaine 'Cigarette' Patrick Pleads Guilty


In the same state where George Zimmerman was acquitted for shooting and killing Travyon Martin, a gambling-related murder by gun resulted in a 25-year sentence for a Florida man who had run poorly at dice.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Tremaine “Cigarette” Patrick pleaded guilty this week to shooting and killing Corey Donaldson, and wounding three others, including paralyzing one. One man was shot in the face.

Patrick, 30, will get out by the time he’s 55 years of age.

The shooting reportedly happened Oct. 13, 2011, at a house on Cypress Avenue in Sanford (about 25 miles north of Orlando). Witnesses to the murder reportedly said that Patrick had lost a significant amount of money gambling at the home, which hosted dice and card action.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, “It’s not clear how much money Patrick lost the night before the shooting, but a friend called police a few hours after the gunfire, saying Patrick had confessed to her, explaining he was motivated by gambling losses, records show.”

The Orlando Sentinel added: “Witnesses said Patrick had no animosity toward the man who died, that they believed his target was someone else.”

Patrick reportedly had been previously beaten up in a fight on the property, and returned the following day, shooting into the home from the backyard.

He was charged with second-degree murder.

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