PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The underboss of the Philadelphia mob has been sentenced to more than 15 years in prison for racketeering, capping a rap sheet that spans five decades.
The sentence for 62-year-old Joseph “Mousie” Massimino was issued Thursday. A day earlier, Massimino told a federal judge “I’m no boss of nothing.”READ MORE: Philadelphia's Gun Violence Epidemic Continues To Have Devastating Impact On City's Youth
Reputed boss Joseph Ligambi and others are awaiting an October retrial after a jury this year deadlocked on much of the racketeering, gambling and extortion case.
But Massimino was convicted of the central racketeering charge.READ MORE: Here Is Where The Pennsylvania Primary Race For The Senate Seat Stands
Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank Labor urged a lengthy sentence because, he says, the Philadelphia mob keeps springing to life every 10 years under new leaders.
However, evidence in the Ligambi case was less violent than the bloody reign attributed to earlier bosses.
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