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Monthly Archives: June 2010

D’Elia, the reputed head of the Bufalino crime family,

A federal judge has reduced a prison sentence for mob boss William “Billy” D’Elia by nearly two years, citing his “substantial assistance” in the investigations of businessman and casino magnate Louis DeNaples and D’Elia associate Robert Kulick.

D’Elia, the reputed head of the Bufalino crime family, pleaded guilty to witness tampering and money laundering in 2008. He is now lodged in a federal prison in Arizona, according to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.

United States Circuit Judge Thomas I. Vanaskie issued an order today reducing D’Elia’s sentence by 21 months, to 87 months from 108 months.

D’Elia, who has been in prison since 2006, could be eligible for release sometime in 2012. Vanaski rejected D’Elia’s request for a 48-month reduction and a near instant release from prison.

Federal prosecutors recommended the shorter sentencing reduction last fall because of D’Elia’s cooperation with the DeNaples and Kulick prosecutions.

DeNaples was charged in 2008 with lying about his relationship with D’Elia to state gaming regulators when seeking a license for his Mount Airy Casino Resort in Monroe County.

The Dauphin County District Attorney’s Office dropped the charge in April after DeNaples agreed to transfer ownership of the Monroe County casino to a family trust headed by his daughter.

The prosecutors’ motion said D’Elia “provided tangible evidence of his longstanding relationship with DeNaples, including photographs and other documents.”

D’Elia also provided information that led to the arrest of Kulick, of Bear Creek Township, who was sentenced last year to 37 months in prison on firearms charges.