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Reputed Mobster ‘The Large Guy’ Gets 25 Years

Photo Of Michael Sarno. (AP Photo)

Photo Of Michael Sarno. (AP Photo)

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CHICAGO (AP) – A federal judge in Chicago has sentenced a reputed mob boss to 25 years in prison.

Michael “The Large Guy” Sarno was also ordered to pay nearly $1.8 million in restitution by Judge Ronald Guzman at Wednesday’s hearing.

A jury convicted the 54-year-old and four co-defendants in 2010 of racketeering and other charges.

Prosecutors say Sarno and his crew wanted to warn a game distributor not to encroach on their video-poker turf on Chicago’s South Side and in suburbs.

To make his point, prosecutors say Sarno ordered C&S Coin Operated Amusements’ Berwyn offices bombed in 2003.

Experts say Sarno’s background as an enforcer wouldn’t normally have translated into a top mob job. But with aging kingpins behind bars or dying, a weakened Chicago Outfit offered positions to men like Sarno.

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