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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Judge slaps Michael 'Mikey Cigars' Coppola with 16 years in prison racketeering

A longtime Genovese gangster full of holiday spirit will be hanging his Christmas stocking in jail for the next 16 years.

Reputed capo Michael (Mikey Cigars) Coppola was hit with a harsh sentence for racketeering after his yuletide greetings apparently didn't sway the judge.

"Merry Christmas," Coppola, 63, said to the jurist about to sentence him for extortion on the waterfront. "I have a good family. I've been surrounded by good friends all my life and I have a good lawyer - bless his soul."

The judge didn't show much mercy in issuing the sentence - though he did give Coppola a small break by not factoring in a mountain of evidence he committed a murder because the jury acquitted him of that charge.

He did return the holiday cheer, however.

"And I mean this sincerely, Merry Christmas to you and your family," Brooklyn Federal Judge John Gleeson said.

Coppola wasn't in the mood for pleasantries by the time Gleeson reminded him of his right to appeal the sentence.

"I certainly am," he shot back.



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