A lawyer for Outfit hit man Nicholas Calabrese has asked a judge for mercy, noting Calabrese's decision to cooperate in the landmark Family Secrets investigation almost certainly saved lives.
Calabrese's testimony against mob leaders James Marcello, Joey "The Clown" Lombardo and his brother, Frank Calabrese Sr., undermined the Chicago Outfit, lawyer John Theis wrote in a court filing Friday. Calabrese, 66, is scheduled to be sentenced next week by U.S. District Judge James Zagel."The fact that Defendant is and will be asking the court for a sentence which is reflective of his cooperation in this case is meant in no way to diminish his complete remorse and contrition for the pain and sorrow which he has caused many individuals and their families," the filing said.
Calabrese has admitted taking part in more than a dozen decades-old gangland slayings, including the infamous murders of brothers Anthony and Michael Spilotro. His testimony was the centerpiece of the Family Secrets trial in 2007, in which the three mob bosses and two others were convicted. Marcello, Lombardo and Frank Calabrese Sr. have since been sentenced to life in prison.
The new filing indicates Calabrese knew he was under investigation for one murder when he decided to cooperate.
But "his decision to cooperate was the result of a much more complex and difficult process, beginning with the many years of anguish with which he lived, fearful of his own safety as well as that of his family, and unable to find the courage to extricate himself from the criminal activity in which he had so long participated," the filing said.
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