Chicago mobster Joseph Lombardo – higher as “Joey the Clown” – died in jail Saturday at the age of 90 whereas serving a life sentence for homicide, a number of media shops reported citing federal prosecutors.
A trigger was unclear; he had suffered from throat most cancers, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Lombardo was sentenced in 2009 for the homicide of his pal Daniel Seifert, a federal witness, in 1974 whereas his spouse and 4-year-old son have been current. Investigators mentioned Lombardo was answerable for the slaying by a bunch of masked males, however Lombardo denied accountability.
“In the end, we are judged by our actions, not by our wit or smiles,” mentioned U.S. District Judge James Zagel when he sentenced Lombardo. “In cases, like this, we are judged by the worst things we have done, and the worst things you have done are terrible.”
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Lombardo organized for Seifert’s homicide after supposedly studying his pal deliberate to testify in opposition to him in federal court docket, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
Lombardo supposedly earned his “Clown” nickname due to his jokey demeanor regardless of his cold-blooded nature. When he lastly made it to court docket after his 2007 arrest, he reportedly mentioned he’d been “unavailable.”
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Separately, he was sentenced to jail within the 1980s for conspiring to bribe a U.S. senator and his position in a scheme to skim $2 million from a on line casino in Las Vegas, the Tribune added. He reportedly began out as a driver for Chicago Outfit figures earlier than rising by the ranks.
Lombardo’s dying was introduced in a court docket submitting by Assistant U.S. Attorney Amarjeet Bhachu, the reports mentioned. No additional particulars about his dying have been offered.