Man Gets Parole Decades After Poker Game Murder

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Apr/24/2017

Matthew Gooch, 82, has been released from prison nearly 40 years after shooting and killing a man during a home poker game.  The amount in dispute?  A measly $4.

Gooch was found guilty in the 1980 slaying of Franklin Woods, Jr. in Modesto, California. 

Gooch was said to have become irate over the $4 loss, left the game, then later returned packing a loaded shotgun.  One shot to the neck killed Woods instantly.

Though Gooch would admit to the crime, he later claimed self-defense.

A previous parole hearing had been turned down after Gooch stated he might kill again if someone stole from him. 

The California Governor’s Office is reviewing the parole board’s decision.

- Ace King, Gambling911.com

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