PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal judge sentenced a Philadelphia mob underboss to more than 15 years in prison for racketeering, while calling him gregarious and intelligent, and musing on why he never put those talents toward a legitimate career.
U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno, a native of Cuba, suggested that if La Cosa Nostra members once had few business opportunities because of racial or ethnic discrimination, that is not the case today.
“I can only conclude that you just don’t get it. You never got it,” Robreno told Joseph “Mousie” Massimino. “There is nothing before me that bodes well for your future as a law-abiding citizen, despite all your virtues and talents.”
Massimino was convicted in February. Reputed Philadelphia boss Joseph Ligambi and several other co-defendants are awaiting an October retrial after a jury deadlocked on much of the racketeering, gambling and extortion case.