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May 10, 2013

Man linked to Gardner heist sentenced


Gentile broke down in tears and couldn’t continue speaking while telling Chatigny how much he loved his wife. Dressed in tan prison clothing and sporting a gray goatee, he made no mention of the art heist or the mob during a brief speech.

“I’ve worked hard all my life and I supported my family,” Gentile said, adding that his careers included pouring concrete and later owning a restaurant and car dealership.

“My wife’s very sick. I love her more than anything,” said Gentile, who then appeared overwhelmed by emotion, sat down and didn’t say anything else.

Both Gentile and his wife, Patricia, who’ve been married for 54 years, suffer from heart problems and other ailments, according to court documents.

Durham had sought a sentence of more than four years, calling Gentile a dangerous member of the mob who was caught on secret recordings by an informant talking about his associations with other mobsters including Boston’s James “Whitey” Bulger. Durham declined to elaborate on those associations.

“He’s 76 years old, but he’s engaged in a lifetime of crime,” Durham said. “He’s a member of La Cosa Nostra.”

Gentile’s lawyer, A. Ryan McGuigan, insisted that Gentile wasn’t a made member of the mafia and knows nothing about the Boston art heist. He also questioned the validity of the polygraph test.

“It wasn’t a legitimate polygraph examination. It was an interrogation,” McGuigan said outside the courthouse.

He told the judge that the art heist had nothing to do with Gentile’s weapons and prescription drugs case.

“It’s the guilt by association that’s an issue,” McGuigan said. “He doesn’t want to have to pay for the sins of other people.”

McGuigan added, “He would like to be sentenced for what he actually did.”

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