Chicago Mob Snitch Gets 12 Years for 14 Murders

Victims outraged
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 27, 2009 10:56 AM CDT
Seen in a courtroom sketch are Chicago mob figures Frank Calabrese Sr., James Marcello, Joseph "Joey the Clown" Lombardo and Paul Schiro. All were convicted thanks to Nicholas Calabrese's testimony.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – 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.”