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Monday, November 18, 2013

76 year old mobster sentenced to federal prison for dealing prescription drugs

A 76-year-old Hartford man was sentenced to nine months in federal prison on Friday for illegally distributing prescription narcotics, including oxycodone, a press release from the U.S. Attorney's office states.

According to the release, Andrew Parente conspired with Robert Gentile, a Manchester mobster suspected by federal authorities of being involved in the theft of hundreds of millions of dollars in artwork from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

Gentile repeatedly denied knowledge of the art or of the Gardner job during interviews with law enforcement authorities and appearances before a federal grand jury. After months of unproductive talks, the FBI and federal prosecutors targeted Gentile in a drug sting and charged him with conspiring with Parente to sell prescription painkillers.

Parente and Gentile sold Schedule II controlled substances, including oxycodone and hydromorphone, the release states.

Parente pleaded guilty in January to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a Schedule II controlled substance, and one count of possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, a Schedule II controlled substance.

Gentile pleaded guilty in November 2012 to multiple drug and firearms offenses and was sentenced in May to 30 months in prison.



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