2 more reputed mobsters plead guilty to extortion
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Two more alleged associates of the New York-based Genovese crime family have pleaded guilty to extortion charges in western Massachusetts.
Acting U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts William Weinreb’s office says 61-year-old Francesco Depergola and 53-year-old Gerald Daniele entered the pleas Wednesday in federal court in Worcester.
They join 54-year-old Giovanni Calabrese and 50-year-old Ralph Santaniello, who pleaded guilty last month. A fifth man, Richard Valentini, is headed for trial on Dec. 11.
The men were accused of loansharking and extortion in Springfield involving both legitimate and illegal businesses. Prosecutors say they used violence, exploited their affiliation with La Cosa Nostra and made implied threats of murder to instill fear in their victims.
Sentencing for Depergola and Daniele is set for March 9. Santaniello and Calabrese will be sentenced Jan. 29 and 30, respectively.