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Trump Pardons Edward DeBartolo Jr. For '90s Gambling Fraud Felony

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During DeBartolo Jr.'s twenty-three years owning the team, the 49ers won five Super Bowls.

President Donald Trump has pardoned Edward DeBartolo Jr., the former San Francisco 49ers owner convicted in a gambling fraud scandal that involved former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards.

In 1998, DeBartolo pleaded guilty to failing to report a felony when he paid $400,000 to Edwards in exchange for a riverboat gambling license.

DeBartolo avoided prison by agreeing to a plea deal. Edwards was sentenced to 10 years in prison and served eight, followed by six months in home detention and three years of probation, according to the Times-Picayune.

The White House announced the surprise decision to reporters on Tuesday.

This story will be updated.

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