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Mobster Who Was FBI Informant For 18 Years Acquitted in Murder Plot

mafia33By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Who says wiseguys aren’t sensitive?

The New York Daily News reports that Genovese mobster Joseph “JB” Barone, 49, who was an FBI informant for 18 years, cried late last week after he was acquitted by a federal jury in Manhattan of in a $1 million murder-for-hire plot.

But it may not be over. The jury was hung on a conspiracy count against Barone and co-defendant Anthony Piliero and a mistrial on that count was declared.

The Daily News said the U.S. Attorney declined to say whether it would retry the two on that charge. He might cry again if prosecutors go after him on that count.

Barone had been jailed for 16 months before the trial, the Daily News reported.

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