Reputed mob captain to plead guilty

Anthony Staino
Anthony Staino (File Photo)
Posted: April 18, 2013

A reputed ranking member of the Philadelphia mob has agreed to forgo a retrial on racketeering charges and plead guilty.

Anthony "Ant" Staino will plead guilty Thursday to racketeering conspiracy and an illegal gambling count, according to his lawyer, Gregory Pagano.

Staino, 55, was awaiting sentencing after being convicted in February on two counts of loan-sharking. But after a marathon trial against the alleged local mob leaders, jurors acquitted him on 24 other counts and deadlocked on the most serious charge, racketeering conspiracy, against him, reputed mob boss Joseph "Uncle Joe" Ligambi, and reputed captain George "Georgie" Borgesi.

Ligambi and Borgesi were not convicted on any charges and are scheduled to be retried in the fall.

His lawyer said Staino had been willing to consider a plea deal when he was indicted in 2011.

The plea deal does not include recommendations as to the sentence, but Staino is expected to face a term similar to other defendants who pleaded guilty last fall.

U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno sentenced another alleged capo, Martin "Marty" Angelina, to 57 months in prison. Reputed mob soldier Gaeton "Gate" Lucibello got 51 months.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office said the office had no comment.

Contact John P. Martin at 215-925-2649,, or on Twitter @JPMartinInky.

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