Philadelphia Mob ‘Capo’ Pleads Guilty: Won’t Turn Rat in Joseph Ligambi Trial

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Gilbert Horowitz
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Philadelphia Mob ‘Capo’ Pleads Guilty: Won’t Turn Rat in Joseph Ligambi Trial

A Philadelphia Mob lieutenant, Martin “Marty” Angelina, 50, has plead guilty to racketeering but has refused to cooperate in the fall trial of alleged crime family boss Joseph Ligambi. 

Angelina admitted to operating illegal poker machines at the First Ward Republican Club in South Philadelphia and using extortionist tactics to collect a $6700 debt.  He faces up to five years in prison as part of the plea deal. 

"I'm not going to agree that he's anything like that. To me, he's just somebody that got involved with some gambling and some debts," Angelina’s attorney Jack McMahon said in regard to his clients alleged role in the crime family organization. "I think they (federal prosecutors) watch 'The Sopranos' too many times."

The plea does not call for him to testify at the October trial of Ligambi, alleged underboss Joseph Massimino and 10 others.

Another defendant, Gaeton Lucibello, pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy charges last week.

- Gilbert Horowitz,

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