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Jewel Ring Member Gets Five Years

May 14, 2002

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CHICAGO (AP) _ A man who worked as a henchman for a jewel theft ring led by a former top Chicago police detective was sentenced Monday to more than five years in prison.

Paul J. Schiro, 65, of Scottsdale, Ariz., was also ordered to pay some of the $5.1 million for his admitted role in the ring led by former Chicago chief of detectives William Hanhardt.

Prosecutors say the ring stole jewelry, gems and fine watches stole in eight heists nationwide beginning in the late 1980s.

``I would like to apologize to the court and the victims,″ said Schiro, who was sentenced to 65 months in prison. ``I’m sorry that I got involved in it.″

Hanhardt, 73, was sentenced May 2 to 15 1/2 years in federal prison.

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