Casey Urlacher, the brother of former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher, was apologized by President Donald Trump a few hours before the president’s term was up.
Urlacher, who currently serves as Mettawa mayor, was one of ten people named on a 2020 grand jury indictment and was accused of helping run an illegal offshore gambling business.
In a press release, the White House cited Urlacher’s “commitment to public service” as part of its argument for the pardon.
“During his entire life, Mr. Urlacher dedicated himself to the public service and consistently gave something back to his community,” says the press release. “Currently, Mr. Urlacher is the unpaid Mayor of Mettawa, Illinois. He is a devoted husband to his wife and a loving father to his 17 month old daughter. “
Urlacher was one of 73 people pardoned by the president while another 70 sentences were commuted in one of the president’s final acts.
Urlacher was charged with conspiracy to illegally gamble. According to criminal charges, he was accused of recruiting bettors for the UncleMickSports.com website in order to reduce their eventual gambling losses.
The website was maintained in Costa Rica, according to the indictment, and was used to manage the accounting, betting and logistics of the illegal ring.
Urlacher faced two charges in the case, each with a possible five-year prison term.