Former Chicago mob hit man Nicholas Calabrese was sentenced to 12 years in prison yesterday, enraging family members of victims who wanted him jailed for life, the Tribune reports. Calabrese admitted to whacking 14 people, but his testimony in the so-called “Family Secrets” trial put away three top mob leaders. At word of the light sentence, one victim’s widow collapsed, and had to be carried out on a stretcher.
“None of this happened without Nicholas Calabrese,” the judge explained. Calabrese could be out in as little as 4 years, but the judge thinks he’ll get his comeuppance eventually. “The organization whose existence you testified to will not forgive or relent in their pursuit of you,” he said. One victim’s son had another take: “If he believes in God, he knows what he has coming.”