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Friday, July 10, 2015

Genovese captain linked to Al Sharpton sentenced to over 2 years in prison

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An alleged mob captain who was once pals with the Rev. Al Sharpton was sentenced Friday to over two years in prison on racketeering charges.

Daniel "Danny" Pagano, 62, pleaded guilty earlier this year to taking part in a years-long racketeering conspiracy in Rockland County that the feds said included extortion, loan sharking and gambling.

The feds said Pagano had been helping to run the ring since at least 2009. Pagano, the son of late Genovese hit man Joseph Pagano, has done time on racketeering charges before, in the early 90s.

Prosecutors asked Manhattan Federal Court Judge Ronnie Abrams to sentence him to between 27 and 33 months in prison because he's a "repeat criminal."

Pagano's lawyer, Murray Richman, asked the judge for leniency, noting his client's age and the relatively low level of the crimes. "The gambling alleged is a sum total of $2000" over a course of years, Richman said, and "there's no indication of any violence or threats of violence."

Danny Pagano tried to recruit the Rev. Al Sharpton (pictured) into a mob plot in the 1980s, sources said.

The judge said she thought prison was necessary considering Pagano's "extensive criminal history" — he has eight prior convictions — but sentenced him to the lower end of the spectrum, 27 months. He'll also be on supervised release for three years after he's done doing his prison time.

Pagano has made headlines before. He once tried to recruit Sharpton into a mob plot to deal illegal drugs in the 1980s, sources said.

Sharpton has denied any wrongdoing, and said he thought Pagano was a music exec, not a gangster.



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