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Mobster Sentenced in Chicago To 20 Years: Judge Calls That Lenient

The old mobsters in this world are fading away, either dying off or going off to prison. Sometimes the offspring have tried to take over, but often times they haven’t been as street wise. Here’s one of from the older generation.

By MIKE ROBINSON
Associated Press Writer
CHICAGO — A longtime organized crime figure accused by the government of helping to murder a friend to keep him from talking was sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison by a judge who called the punishment lenient.
Paul Schiro, 71, of Phoenix was the first to be sentenced among five men convicted in September 2007 at Chicago’s biggest organized crime trial in decades.
“When somebody said we want you to help us kill your friend there was no evidence of hesitation,” a stern U.S. District Judge James B. Zagel told Schiro.
Schiro, described by prosecutors as a career criminal, was sentenced to 5 1/2 years just seven years ago after pleading guilty to being part of a gang of jewel thieves led by the Chicago police department’s former chief of detectives, William Hanhardt.

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