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Poker Pro’s Wife Convicted in His Murder

by Poker Team

About 18 months ago, William Gustafik, a professional poker player residing in Las Vegas was found stabbed to death in his home. This week, the tragic and shocking case came to an end as a Las Vegas judge, sentenced Gustafik’s wife, Jill Rockcastle to 10 years to life in prison for murdering her husband. A woman has been sentenced to 10 years to life in prison for stabbing her husband-a professional poker player-to death in a Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, condominium last year. Responding to a police call, law enforcement arrived at the couple’s condominium and discovered Gustafik in a pool of blood. A few days later Rockcastle was arrested in a California motel after being found after a drug overdose. She subsequently wrote a highly publicized 10-page letter to her family in which she painstakingly detailed the events leading up to and including the murder. The evidence against her as a result was quite overwhelming. A complete transcript to the letter can be found on the following URL:

On September 16th, Rockcastle entered a no-contest plea to the second-degree murder charge, basically allowing Clark County District Court Judge Michael Villani to decide her fate. In entering the plea, Rockcastle was resigned to the fact that she would be found guilty had the trial proceeded and the plea avoided standing trial. Represented by a public defender, Joseph Abood, Rockcastle’s primary defense was that she was a victim of spousal abuse and was in the midst of another attack by her husband at the time the murder occurred. Allegedly, Rockcastle grabbed his wife by the hair and she retaliated by grabbing a kitchen knife and stabbing her husband 15 times. Prosecutors were not buying into the spousal abuse allegations citing a lack of evidence.

According to tournament records, Gustafik won over $165,597 in his poker career the highlights of which were a 10th place finish in a World Poker Tour Event and cashing at the World Series of Poker Main Event in 2006.

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