| A reputed mobster who testified before a grand jury investigating Louis DeNaples has yet to reach a cooperation agreement with federal prosecutors in their separate investigation of the Mount Airy Casino Resort owner.

And without that agreement, William D'Elia is expected to go to trial on charges of money laundering and conspiring to kill a witness, a federal prosecutor said Wednesday.

''We have no agreement with Mr. D'Elia, and we are going to trial,'' said Gordon Zubrod, an assistant U.S. attorney.

Zubrod spoke after the sentencing of Frank Pavlico, who was charged along with D'Elia and another man in 2005 with laundering drug money.

Pavlico, 38, of Clarks Summit, faced up to 11 years in prison but cooperated with prosecutors and was sentenced to 10 months by U.S. District Judge James M. Munley as part of a plea deal.

Pavlico also was fined $15,000 and given three years' supervised probation upon his release.

''[Pavlico] wore a wire against Billy D'Elia and placed himself at considerable risk,'' Zubrod said in court. ''He gave us significant information that led to the indictment of Mr. D'Elia.''

D'Elia, who remains imprisoned in Pike County, was charged in November 2006 with conspiring to kill a witness in the money laundering case. Zubrod said that witness was Pavlico.

''D'Elia ordered the execution of Pavlico,'' Zubrod said.

D'Elia's attorney, James Swetz of Stroudsburg, denied the allegation. ''Whatever the government says Mr. D'Elia intended to do is simply untrue, and we will defend it vigorously. I'm prepping for trial,'' Swetz said.

Federal prosecutors have described D'Elia in court papers as ''the alleged head of what is left of the Bufalino family'' that ran organized crime operations throughout northeast Pennsylvania.

D'Elia, who was identified in a 2001 federal affidavit as having met with DeNaples, had close ties to Russell Bufalino, the late crime boss.

D'Elia was Bufalino's personal driver before taking over the splintered crime family in the early 1990s, according to the now-defunct Pennsylvania Crime Commission.

In July, both D'Elia and Pavlico appeared before the Dauphin County grand jury investigating whether DeNaples lied to the state Gaming Control Board about alleged ties to organized crime to gain a slots license. D'Elia tied the Rev. Joseph Sica, a Roman Catholic priest and DeNaples confidant, to Bufalino.

References to D'Elia's testimony were included in the grand jury presentment that recommended Sica be charged with perjury. Sica was arrested on Jan. 2 for allegedly lying to the grand jury about his ties to Bufalino.

Many of the witnesses that have appeared before the Dauphin County grand jury, including several businessmen from Scranton and Philadelphia, allegedly have ties to D'Elia and DeNaples.

DeNaples, a Scranton businessman and philanthropist, owns dozens of businesses, including the Keystone Sanitary Landfill Inc. in Lackawanna County.

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