I just find it funny that he is 58 years old and looking at 15 years in prison for a gun charge and we have gang bangers running around on the street with two, three, or even more gun charges and serious felonies on them still running around shooting at people.--
Story at Chicago Tribune
|Reputed Outfit extortionist Mario Rainone. (Illinois Department of Corrections / January 6, 2010)|
By Annie Sweeney
6:02 PM CST, February 27, 2013
A reputed mob enforcer was found guilty today in federal court on a gun charge that will land him in prison for at least 15 years because of his lengthy criminal record, authorities said.
Mario Rainone, 58, had little reaction to the verdict by the federal jury even as family members of his bowed their heads and wept.
He was on trial this week on a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm after a Smith & Wesson .357-caliber handgun was recovered from a nightstand at his Addison home after a search in 2009, authorities said.
U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber set sentencing for June 5.
Rainone is already serving a 7 1/2-year prison sentence for a residential burglary conviction.
Prosecutors argue that Rainone’s criminal history makes him an armed career criminal, a designation under the federal law that carries a minimum of 15 years in prison. He faces up to life.
In 1992 Rainone was sentenced to 17 1/2 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to extorting more than $300,000 from restaurant owners and a car dealer.
Earlier, he had been taken into witness protection, but he later refused to cooperate with authorities after an explosive device damaged his mother's porch.