May 1, 2014 |
Add U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno to the long list of men mystified by the jet-setting identity thief Jocelyn Kirsch. Not for her fake flowing tresses, which prosecutors alleged seven years ago she bought with other people's money, and not for the bikini shots, which were plastered across tabloid covers after her initial 2007 arrest. No, the federal judge was more puzzled Tuesday with a question at Kirsch's core as he sentenced her to five months in prison Tuesday for violating her federal probation with a simple stretch of shoplifting.
October 23, 2009 |
In sentencing the former head of a Northeast Philadelphia charter school to more than three years in prison for plundering its coffers, a federal judge yesterday called for more scrupulous government oversight of the taxpayer-funded charters so "this type of criminal activity is not allowed to be repeated. " On one side of U.S. District Judge Eduardo C. Robreno's courtroom were a few dozen staff members and parents of students at Philadelphia Academy Charter School, angered by the confessed crimes of Kevin M. O'Shea.
March 28, 2011 |
Convicted drug kingpin Kaboni Savage is not happy with his accommodations at the Federal Detention Center in Philadelphia, where he is awaiting trial on racketeering-murder charges that could carry a death sentence. Even Guantanamo Bay, the notorious federal lockup for suspected terrorists, would be better than the FDC at Seventh and Arch Streets, Savage said in a handwritten memo filed with U.S. District Judge R. Barclay Surrick last week. In the memo, Savage, 36, complained about the conditions under which he is being held and the difficulty he has had meeting with his court-appointed attorneys.
June 29, 1995 |
Admitted mob hit man Rosario Bellocchi, who was once engaged to marry the daughter of reputed mob boss John Stanfa, pleaded guilty to a racketeering charge yesterday and formally agreed to become a government witness. Bellocchi, 26, appeared calm and relaxed during a brief appearance in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia before Judge Ronald Buckwalter. He pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, admitting his involvement in one murder, one attempted murder, three murder conspiracies, and one kidnapping.
July 11, 2012 |
NEW YORK — On Tuesday morning, Old City developer Michael Yaron stood in the hallway of a Manhattan courthouse with friends and family, framed by a tall open window, the Empire State Building rising up behind him. A few hours later, inside Courtroom 21D, Yaron learned that the empire he started from humble beginnings in Israel, in the storied halls of Oxford University, and on the streets he transformed in Philadelphia, will come to an end...
October 25, 2012 |
Convicted mobster Salvatore "Chuckie" Merlino - the father of former Philadelphia mob boss Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino - died Monday at a federal prison in Fort Worth, Texas. The elder Merlino, 73, had spent the last quarter-century behind bars. The federal Bureau of Prisons listed his potential release date as August 2016. Local attorney Joseph Santaguida confirmed Merlino's death but offered little other information Tuesday. He said simply that Merlino had been "sick for a while.
November 23, 1991 |
Steven N. "Steakie" Vento Sr., the convicted South Philadelphia drug trafficker and mob associate who with his son planned a daring 1986 helicopter escape from federal prison, has died. He was 49. Vento, whose ruthless but charmed life might have been a TV movie had the FBI not nixed it, died of a heart attack Thursday. It was his fourth attack since 1984, when he was first stricken while imprisoned on federal drug charges. "He was shoveling and said, 'I don't feel well,' " before he collapsed, according to a federal source.
April 23, 2013 |
KABONI SAVAGE, the convicted drug dealer facing the death penalty if also convicted of committing or ordering 12 murders, on Monday was portrayed by his attorneys and girlfriend as a good-natured man - even while threatening the girlfriend. It was the first day of the defense team's presentation of its case to the jury after federal prosecutors rested last week, capping 2 1/2 months of testimony. "We got a bond for life. I'd kill you before I let you go," Savage, 38, who is serving 30 years in federal prison for drug conspiracy, reportedly told Crystal Copeland during a phone call recorded by authorities.
September 2, 2004 |
Anthony "Tony Buck" Piccolo, 81, a soft-spoken mobster known more for his gentlemanly manner than his acts of racketeering, died in a federal prison hospital this week. Mr. Piccolo died Monday night at the Federal Medical Center Devens in Devens, Mass., where he was being treated for heart problems, his longtime lawyer and friend Donald Manno said yesterday. Mr. Piccolo had been in jail since 1994 on racketeering charges stemming from separate New Jersey and federal cases.
April 10, 2013
Edward "One-Eye Eddie" Montgomery, who has vexed Philadelphia law enforcement in numerous gun cases, was sentenced Monday to 21 months in federal prison for violating his supervised release by allegedly shooting two people only three weeks after getting out of prison. Montgomery, 35, who got his street nickname because he is missing an eye, was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison in 2009 for dealing crack cocaine in Lewiston, Pa. Soon after his release last year, Montgomery allegedly fired shots at a group of men in Brewerytown, wounding two. Court records show that the prosecution withdrew the case in December after witnesses failed to appear in court.