Did Big Bust Burst? -- Fourteen Get Light Sentences

More than a dozen mobsters from New York's Italian-American mafia have been sentenced as part of a wide-ranging assault by the authorities (which has since quietly reduced its focus on organized crime to near nothing following the major January bust), according to a report on News.com.au

The 14 ranged from former Gambino crime family boss, Daniel Marino, to capos, soldiers and associates, the federal prosecutor's office in Manhattan said. Nine were sentenced this week and five over recent months.

"Illustrating the authorities' principal strategy against secretive mafia groups in New York, the 14 were handed light sentences after they admitted guilt," the report cryptically adds, meaning, "Mafia members in plea bargains with prosecutors are often handed reduced punishments in return for co-operation with investigators against former comrades, including testifying against them in court."

It should be noted there is a major difference between accepting a plea bargain and becoming a witness for the prosecution.

Marino, the story continues, who admitted to presiding over 200 inducted Gambino members and to authorising the murder of his own nephew, a police collaborator, was sentenced to 60 months in prison and fined $1.25 million.

Others pleading guilty to crimes such as racketeering, extortion and sex trafficking received sentences of as little as 18 months.