Sam Volpendesto, convicted last December for his role in an Outfit crew headed by reputed Cicero boss Michael "The Large Guy" Sarno, was sentenced this afternoon to thirty-five years in prison as reported by Steve Warmbir for the Chicago Sun-Times. The 87-year-old bombed a rival video poker firm and participated in a string of burglary jobs. Notwithstanding his decades around the block -- Volpendesto watched hit man Sam "Mad Sam" DeStefano dispose of a victim in a meat grinder -- this is his first conviction as reported by Andy Grimm for the Chicago Tribune. Of course, mob prosections generally are quite rare in Chicagoland.
Sam's son Anthony was sentenced earlier this month to fifteen years for his role in the crew.
The Large Guy is scheduled to be sentenced on September 19.