Gang member gets 50 years for murder over unpaid $40 Super Bowl bet

11:00 AM, Apr 17, 2012   |    comments
A general view of the field during Super Bowl XLV between the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers at Cowboys Stadium. (Credit: Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE)
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FORT WORTH, Texas (CBS Houston/AP) - Prosecutors say a North Texas gang member has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for a killing over an unpaid $40 Super Bowl bet.

A jury in Fort Worth convicted 19-year-old Clevin Earl Brown Jr. of murder and engaging in organized criminal activity. Jurors on Monday ordered 50-year prison terms for each count, with the sentences to be served concurrently.

Investigators say 20-year-old Jarami Thomas was shot and killed in March 2011 in the parking lot of an Arlington convenience store.

"Is this all my son was worth to you?" Thomas' mother said while waving two $20 bills at Brown, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Prosecutors say Thomas had placed a bet on the February 2011 game, played at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, via Facebook.

"This was never about $40," prosecutor Tamla Ray said, according to the Star-Telegram. "Jarami Thomas was killed for failing to show Lynch Mob the respect it felt it was owed."

The Green Bay Packers beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25.

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