Accused mobster tied to Boston art heist pleads guilty to gun charge

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HARTFORD, Conn. An 81-year-old indicted mobster who prosecutors trust might reason some of a final remaining clues indispensable to solve a largest art heist in U.S. story pleaded guilty on Thursday to illegally offered guns, yet did not contend a word about a blank art.

Robert Gentile certified to illegally offered a installed firearm to a convicted killer, a outcome of what his counsel calls a Federal Bureau of Investigation prick operation directed during pressuring him into providing sum on paintings stolen from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Mar 1990.

The indicted mobster, who seemed in Hartford sovereign justice in a wheelchair, wearing an untucked T-shirt and rolled-up khaki pants, done his defence after U.S. District Judge Robert Chatigny initial hold a conference to establish if he was competent.

“It’s good, it’s good. we know what’s happening,” Gentile told a judge. He also bemoaned a dual years he has spent in control given his 2015 arrest, revelation prosecutor John Durham: “You should feel contemptible for me and my wife.”

Gentile has regularly denied meaningful a locale of any of a art valued during an estimated $500 million taken in one of a longest unsolved high-profile crimes in Boston and did not residence a matter during a hearing.

But during a polygraph exam achieved as partial of a Gardner investigation, Gentile had an heated greeting when he was shown images of a blank paintings, while he remained ease when shown separate artwork, according to a law coercion source briefed on a test.

Gentile’s attorney, Ryan McGuigan, doubtful a effect of a test. An FBI orator in Connecticut did not respond to a ask for comment.

He is due to be condemned on Aug. 25, and could face adult to roughly 6 years in prison, yet McGuigan pronounced he was looking for half that.

The Gardner heist was carried out by dual group dressed in military uniforms who apparently captivated a night confidence ensure who had buzzed them in. None of a 13 stolen artworks, that embody Rembrandt’s “Storm on a Sea of Galilee,” and Vermeer’s “The Concert,” has been recovered.

At a 2015 hearing, prosecutors pronounced Gentile was personally available revelation an clandestine FBI representative he had entrance to during slightest dual of a paintings and could sell them for $500,000 each.

A 2012 hunt by a FBI of Gentile’s home incited adult a handwritten list of a stolen art, the estimated value and military uniforms, according to justice documents.

(Writing by Scott Malone; modifying by Tom Brown, G Crosse)

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