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November 7, 2012
A 56-year-old Norristown man was sentenced Wednesday to 20 years in federal prison for using a 2-year-old girl he was babysitting to make child porn, prosecutors said. In 2009, Gary Romano posted an ad on a national babysitting website offering his services and providing a background check, prosecutors said. "I love kids, reading to them, playing games, doing crafts or making snacks, and other things kids like. Mine are grown now, so I am looking to being kind of a step-grandfather by babysitting to be with kids again," he wrote.
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October 26, 2012 | By John P. Martin, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Chester County man who stoked terrorism fears when he crashed his Jeep through a locked fence and onto runways at Philadelphia International Airport in March was sentenced Wednesday to 16 months in federal prison. Kenneth R. Mazik, 25, of Chadds Ford, blamed the March 1 incident on what he said were delusions caused by an addiction to the behavioral drug Adderall. "I was operating in a different space and time," he told U.S. District Judge Mitchell S. Goldberg. The judge acknowledged that Mazik was possibly in a drug-induced psychosis at the time.
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October 25, 2012 | By John P. Martin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Chester County man who stoked terrorism fears when he crashed his Jeep through a locked fence and onto runways at Philadelphia International Airport in March was sentenced Wednesday to 16 months in federal prison. Kenneth R. Mazik, 25, of Chadds Ford, blamed the March 1 incident on what he said were delusions caused by an addiction to the behavioral drug Adderall. "I was operating in a different space and time," he told U.S. District Judge Mitchell S. Goldberg. The judge acknowledged that Mazik was possibly in a drug-induced psychosis at the time.
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October 25, 2012 | By Troy Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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October 24, 2012 | BY PHILLIP LUCAS, Daily News Staff Writer
SALVATORE "Chuckie" Merlino, the father of reputed Philly mob boss Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino, died Monday in a north Texas federal prison. Merlino, 73, was being held in the Federal Correctional Institute, a low-security facility in Fort Worth that houses male inmates, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Joseph Santaguida, a Center City lawyer, told the Inquirer that Merlino had been ill for some time. He didn't elaborate on what ailed the mobster. Santaguida did not return calls for comment Tuesday night, and prison officials in Fort Worth were unable to comment on the cause of Merlino's death.
NEWS
October 24, 2012 | By Troy Graham, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Convicted mobster Salvatore "Chuckie" Merlino - the father of former Philadelphia mob boss Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino - died Monday in a federal prison in Fort Worth, Texas. The elder Merlino was 73 and 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 on Tuesday, but offered little other information. He said simply that Merlino had been "sick for a while.
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October 23, 2012 | BY MICHAEL HINKELMAN, Daily News Staff Writer
AFTER HER GRANDMOTHER, Hannah Whitfield, died in April 1986, Doris Whitfield Richardson began to steal her survivor benefits in a scheme that lasted 21 years and netted almost $223,000. On Monday, Richardson, 60, of Kensington, was sentenced to 33 months in federal prison and ordered to pay restitution of $222,641 to four federal agencies that she scammed. Richardson, who had been free on bail since her arrest in April, was immediately handed over to the Bureau of Prisons after U.S. District Judge Paul S. Diamond imposed sentence.
NEWS
October 13, 2012
An 27-year-old inmate at the federal prison at Fort Dix was sentenced to 10 more years behind bars for pushing a fellow prisoner down a stairwell, killing him. David Besaw, originally convicted in 2010 of possessing child pornography, had been slated to be released in January until he pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in federal court in Camden in April. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, which announced the sentencing, Besaw, of Newington, Conn., pushed an inmate identified only as F.F. down a stairwell after an argument on Nov. 4, 2010.
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October 2, 2012 | Breaking News Desk
A 39-year-old Philadelphia man was sentenced today to 15 years in federal prison for three armed robberies last year. Marvin Gibson and his codefendant, Jackson Doggette, 22, pleaded guilty to Hobbs Act robbery and firearms charges in the three stickups. Doggette, also of Philadelphia, will be sentenced Oct. 9. The U.S. Attorney's Office said the pair brandished a handgun while robbing the Metro PCS store at 3613 Germantown Ave. on Aug. 24, 2011; the Metro PCS store at 3154 N. Broad Street, on Sept.
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October 2, 2012 | Associated Press
PITTSBURGH - A Western Pennsylvania man who extorted sexual photos from teens by using a young female relative's cellphone and Facebook identity was sentenced Monday to 20 years in federal prison. The defense attorney for Russell Freed, 44, of Brentwood, had argued for leniency, claiming his client was wrongly being made an example of under child-pornography laws. But U.S. District Judge Terrence McVerry agreed with prosecutors that Freed's means of collecting the images warranted the harsh sentence, to be followed by probation for life and a requirement that Freed register as a sex offender.
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