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Reputd mafia capo,Mark Rossetti appear in Suffolk Superior Court Friday

Reputd mafia capo,Mark Rossetti appear in Suffolk Superior Court Friday

Mark Rossetti, once a powerful mafia captain of  the Patriarca  Crime Family, appeared today before a Suffolk Superior Court judge in jogging pants and handcuffs, and was sentenced to 12 years in prison for running a violent criminal enterprise across Eastern Massachusetts.

Rossetti, now 53 and silver-haired, who had a secret, controversial relationship with the FBI, had pleaded guilty to usury and extortion — for lending money at exorbitant interest rates to a gambler and for using threats to collect gambling debts for bookies.

He will serve the sentence simultaneously with previous punishments for selling heroin and for breaking and entering to steal from a rival drug dealer.

read rest By Milton J. Valencia  Boston Globe