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Joseph "Mousie" Massimino, Philly Mob Underboss, Sentenced To 15 Years In Prison

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Joseph Ligambi, left, entering Philadelphia City Hall on April 6, 1989 for sentencing. | AP

PHILADELPHIA -- The underboss of the Philadelphia mob has been sentenced to more than 15 years in prison for racketeering, capping a rap sheet that spans five decades.

The sentence for 62-year-old Joseph "Mousie" Massimino was issued Thursday. A day earlier, Massimino told a federal judge "I'm no boss of nothing."

Reputed boss Joseph Ligambi and others are awaiting an October retrial after a jury this year deadlocked on much of the racketeering, gambling and extortion case.

But Massimino was convicted of the central racketeering charge.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank Labor urged a lengthy sentence because, he says, the Philadelphia mob keeps springing to life every 10 years under new leaders.

However, evidence in the Ligambi case was less violent than the bloody reign attributed to earlier bosses.

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