November 22, 1995 |
The head of the Philadelphia mob was convicted Tuesday of murdering his rivals and running extortion schemes and rackets in his day-to-day business. John Stanfa, 54, stared straight ahead as the forewoman pronounced his guilt on all 10 counts, including murder, attempted murder, kidnaping, illegal gambling operations and other charges.
December 4, 2001 |
In another blow to Philadelphia's already crippled Mafia family, former boss Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino was sentenced to 14 years in prison Monday for racketeering. Merlino's lawyer said that with good behavior and time already served, his client could be out in about nine years. "Ain't bad," Merlino, 39, told family members sitting in the gallery. "Nine's better than the death penalty."