Imprisoned lottery computer tech seeks to overturn sentence

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A person serving a 25-yr prison sentence for conspiracy to dedicate theft by rigging computer systems to acquire jackpots for himself, mates and family members is suing the point out of Iowa, boasting he was pressured four many years in the past to plead responsible to crimes he did not dedicate.

Eddie Tipton submitted paperwork setting up the lawsuit from prison in Clarinda, Iowa, in January 2020. He desires the court docket to halt all restitution he’s been ordered to pay back until a trial is held, for the duration of which he claimed he will existing paperwork and other evidence to persuade the court docket to reverse his sentence.

“The sentence is cruel and abnormal mainly because it has been applied to an really harmless individual simply just to see that he is billed with a crime,” he explained in courtroom paperwork.

The point out final 7 days questioned that the lawsuit be dismissed. A listening to will be held Nov. 14 to consider placing a new trial date.

Tipton worked at an Urbandale, Iowa, group that supplied random range drawing personal computers to many lottery states. Investigators stated he mounted code on lottery computers that authorized him to forecast the successful figures on three days of the calendar year.

Tipton, at his 2017 Iowa sentencing listening to, informed the choose he “wrote software program that bundled code that allowed me to have an understanding of or technically forecast winning quantities, and I gave these numbers to other individuals who then received the lottery and shared the winnings with me.”

Tipton recognized a plea agreement and was ordered to repay $2 million in sick-gotten winnings from lotteries in Colorado, Wisconsin, Kansas and Oklahoma. An Iowa jury also convicted him of making an attempt to take $16.5 million from a rigged Iowa lottery sport in December 2010, but the Iowa Supreme Court docket in 2017 overruled the selection, saying the state took much too lengthy to prosecute him.

Tipton, who has been in jail since August 2017, now claims he was placed less than duress to plead guilty. He also alleges Iowa officials billed him for restitution in states for which it has no jurisdiction, and he states he simply cannot shell out.

It’s not obvious what transpired to the funds Tipton and associates bought from the lottery video games among 2005 and 2011. He labored with his brother Tommy Tipton and other folks to purchase and assert successful tickets at minimum seven moments, netting extra than $2 million. Tipton has stated he finished up with only $351,000.

Assistant Legal professional Standard William Hill asked a choose Nov. 4 to dismiss Tipton’s lawsuit, arguing in a submitting that the lawsuit is barred by the statute of restrictions and should be dismissed as frivolous.

Hill also explained by submitting the lawsuit Tipton is violating the conditions of his June 29, 2017, plea settlement involving probable scenarios in multiple states and that the violation “provides the prospect for all jurisdictions to re-initiate felony fees stemming from Tipton’s steps.”

Tipton, who has been appointed an attorney, now promises that the Iowa Supreme Court dismissal in 2017 eliminated the basis for the criminal offense he ended up pleading to.

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

As aspect of a plea agreement to settle cases in multiple states he pleaded responsible in June 2017 to theft and pc crime costs in Wisconsin and to ongoing legal perform in Iowa.