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Philadelphia crime boss pleads guilty, avoids retrial

Philadelphia crime boss pleads guilty, avoids retrial

NEW YORK (AP) — A notorious Philadelphia mob boss has pleaded guilty to an illegal gambling charge.

Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino entered the plea on Friday as part of deal allowing him to avoid a retrial in his New York City racketeering case.

The government had accused Merlino of profiting from gambling and health insurance schemes run by East Coast organized crime families. A trial ended with a hung jury in February.

Merlino once controlled the remnants of a Philadelphia organized crime family that was decimated by a bloody civil war in the 1980s and 1990s. He's insisted he retired from the mob after serving a lengthy prison term.

He'll remain on bail until sentencing on Sept. 13.


Updated : 2021-04-23 14:36 GMT+08:00