Deciding Anthony Doyle's punishment didn't really come down to whether he was a good cop or an Outfit handyman, a federal judge said Thursday.
In fact, Doyle might have been both. U.S. District Judge James Zagel sentenced Doyle to 12 years in prison for his role in the landmark Family Secrets trial. Prosecutors had sought nearly 20 years for the former Chicago police officer convicted of passing secrets about evidence to an imprisoned mob boss.
Doyle was taped visiting mobster Frank Calabrese Sr. and discussing the whereabouts of key blood evidence on a pair of gloves dropped at a murder scene by Nicholas Calabrese, the government's key witness.
Doyle, 64, his hair completely gray after more than a year in prison, said he allowed himself to be used by former friends.
Doyle's lawyer, Ralph Meczyk, disputed prosecutors' description of Doyle as a sleeper agent for the mob and said he had excelled as a cop.
But Assistant U.S. Atty. Markus Funk said: "This man is a disgrace. He did good deeds for the Outfit."