President Trump pardoned Casey Urlacher, who is the brother of former Chicago Bears player Brian Urlacher and mayor of Mettawa, after he was charged in an illegal multi-million dollar sports gambling ring.
Casey Urlacher, 41, of Libertyville, was charged with one count of participating in a gambling conspiracy and one count of conducting an illegal gambling business.
Urlacher was among nine others charged in February by federal authorities in the scheme.
Prosecutors said that Urlacher was acting as an agent for a gambling ring that made millions of dollars in the Chicago area and had approximately 1,000 gamblers that were placing wagers on sports events online.
Urlacher pleaded not guilty to both charges in March.
President Trump pardoned 73 people and commuted the sentences of an additional 70 people late Tuesday evening.
“President Trump granted a full pardon to Casey Urlacher. This pardon is supported by his friends and family, and countless members of his community,” the White House said in a statement.
“Throughout his life, Mr. Urlacher has been committed to public service and has consistently given back to his community. Currently, Mr. Urlacher serves as the unpaid Mayor of Mettawa, Illinois. He is a devoted husband to his wife and a loving father to his 17-month old daughter,” the White House said in the statement.
Casey Urlacher’s brother, Brian Urlacher, who is a Chicago Bears Hall of Fame linebacker, visited Trump at the White House a week after his brother pleaded not guilty.
Brian Urlacher posted a picture of Trump with a signed Bears jersey on his Instagram in March following the White House visit.
“This was a once in a lifetime experience! Got to hang in the Oval Office with President Trump and my family. He could not have been any nicer or accommodating to all of us,” he said.
Casey Urlacher said at a village board meeting a few weeks after the charges had been announced that he expected to be “exonerated of all of the charges.”
“I will continue to faithfully serve the village as I have over the past seven years, and we will continue on the path of progress that we have made in Mettawa during my tenure,” Urlacher said, according to the Daily Herald.