Earlier this year a federal jury convicted reputed capo Anthony "Ant" Staino on two loansharking counts at a multi-defendant trial which targeted the alleged gambling and loansharking operations of the Philadelphia Mafia but was hung on the racketeering charge against him.
Apparently in order to avoid a retrial on the deadlocked charge Staino is capitulating before federal prosecutors, and today "will plead guilty . . . to racketeering conspiracy and an illegal gambling count" as reported by John P. Martin for The Inquirer.
The federal jury also deadlocked on the racketeering charges against reputed boss Joseph Ligambi and his nephew George Borgesi, and they face retrial in mid-October with two new defendants Eric Esposito and Robert Ranieri. The same jury convicted three others -- Joseph Massimino, Damion Canalichio, and Gary Battaglini who allegedly served as underboss, soldier and associate, respectively -- on the racketeering charges.
U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno previously sentenced two other co-defendants who pled pled guilty before the case went to trial. Reputed capo Martin "Marty" Angelina received 57 months in prison, and reputed soldier Gaeton "Gate" Lucibello got 51 months.