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Friday, June 23, 2017

Court restores Colombo mobster's 40 year sentence


A federal appeals court has reinstated the full 40-year sentence of a convicted mobster who passed along a tip leading to the recovery of explosives stashed away in the one-time home of convicted Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols.

In 2016, Colombo solider Gregory Scarpa Jr. saw his sentence shaved down to a 30-year term by Brooklyn Federal Judge Edward Korman, who said Scarpa deserved credit for the valuable information.

On Thursday, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals overruled Korman and kept the 65-year-old wiseguy's full sentence intact. The appeals court said it agreed with Brooklyn federal prosecutors who said they had justifiable reasons why they didn't want to seek a sentence reduction for Scarpa — including his failing a lie detector test in connection to the Nichols information.

Fire personnel gather at the base of the nine-story Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City Thursday, April 20, 1995. Scarpa passed along a tip about explosives in the former home of one of the conspirators in the bombing.

Scarpa was convicted in 1999 for racketeering and other offenses. Scarpa said he got the information about the explosives from Nichols, serving a life sentence, when they were housed near each other in 2005 in the Supermax prison in Florence, Colo.

Scarpa's lawyer, Georgia Hinde, declined to comment Thursday on the ruling.



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