Leader of robbery gang gets 62 years in prison

July 18, 2008 11:47:21 AM PDT
A 47-year-old man convicted of leading a gang of robbers who beat and hog-tied victims has been sentenced to more than 62 years in federal prison. And much of the time Anthony Calabrese received in a Chicago courtroom today is mandatory because he used a gun.

Calabrese said "It isn't over until God says it's over" as marshals led him off to what could easily turn out to be the rest of his life behind bars.

Calabrese was convicted in February of masterminding the robbery of a leather store, a tattoo parlor and a meat market.

Prosecutors say -- on orders from Calabrese -- a gang member tried to break the tattoo parlor owner's hands with a hammer because he had tattooed the underage daughter of a Chicago mob boss.