Gambling Lives Away

Nicole Vonlee Titlow is a transgender woman who needs money for sex reassignment surgery. Her aunt, Billie Jean Rogers, is a gambling addict who loses up to $20,000 a night at casinos, and her alcoholic millionaire husband, Don, has threatened her with divorce. In August 2000, Billie Jean enlists Nicole to help her murder Don with the promise of money for her surgery. Nicole is serving a minimum 20-year sentence in a male prison; Billie Jean is acquitted but dies of cancer soon afterward. Sandra Barajas' marriage to husband Mike is on the rocks because of her adult daughter, Dawn Richburg, a meth addict who still lives at home. When Mike decides to divorce her, Sandra, needing his life insurance money to support her gambling addiction, and Dawn enlist Dawn's drug supplier Tommy Wright to murder Mike and disguise it as a home invasion. Tommy is sentenced to 40 years, Dawn to 35 years, and Sandra to life without parole. Amber Rose Smith and her fiance Trent Mallory, who successfully raised thousands of dollars from the public for treatment of their son's rare heart condition, are in dire financial straits due to Amber's compulsive gambling - Amber owes $25,000 in debt to online gambling sites, and has lost her car and is about to lose her house. Fearing her demons will be exposed and believing that the couple's debts will be forgiven if Trent is dead, Amber shoots Trent in the head while he sleeps in March 2014. She is serving life without parole.

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