Aging mobster guilty, faces life in federal prison

January 26, 2012 4:26:42 PM PST
He wanted "the biggest gun." Those were the words mobster Arthur "The Brain" Rachel, caught on surveillance, and that ultimately did him in.

Thursday a Federal judge found the 73-year-old Rachel guilty for conspiring to rob an armored car at a suburban bank and to break into the home of late mob boss Angelo "The Hook" LaPietra.

Rachel's co-defendants, Jerry Scalice and Robert Pullia, pleaded guilty to the same charges last week but Rachel requested a bench trial. U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber said in his verdict that surveillance tapes, specifically one recording Rachel's request for a weapon, showed his intention to be a part of the robbery conspiracy.

The three defendants were all in their 70s when they were arrested last April.

"They themselves noted that they expected to get away with these crimes because of their age, because no one would suspect them and certainly being old doesn't give anyone a pass against committing crimes at all, " said Assistant U.S. Attorney Amarjeet Bhachu

Rachel, Scalise and Pullia will be sentenced in May. Rachel faces the possibility of life in prison.