Joseph Massimino was sentenced yesterday to 188 months in a federal prison following his racketeering conviction earlier this year according to an FBI press release:
On February 5, 2013, after a four-month trial, a jury convicted Massimino of conspiring to conduct and participate in the affairs of the Philadelphia La Cosa Nostra (LCN) family through a pattern of racketeering activity. The evidence at trial proved that, in furtherance of the racketeering conspiracy, Massimino, as a "made" member and underboss, extorted "street tax" payments from a bookmaker, used threats of violence against debtors to collect loan sharking payments, and forced the owners of a vending company to sell the portion of their business related to the operation of illegal video poker machines. In addition, Massimino ran an illegal electronic gambling device business for the mob, providing video poker machines and other gambling devices for bars, restaurants, convenience stores, coffee shops, and other locations in Philadelphia and its suburbs. In one of these locations, Massimino also operated an illegal sports bookmaking business.
U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno cut Massimino "a break by not classifying him as a career offender, a designation that could have added years to his sentence" even while expressing doubt that the reputed mobster "would ever abandon a life of crime" as reported by John P. Martin for the Inquirer: "I can only conclude, Mr. Massimino, that you don't get it, that you never have gotten it."
Actually, Massimino presumably "gets it." Wise guys by definition are career offenders who pledge their entire lives to a crime family, and accept prison as part of the life. Of course, for the record, at the sentencing hearing Massimino told Judge Robreno that "I'm no boss of nothing, you know what I mean?"