PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Federal prosecutors want a mob underboss sentenced to the maximum 20 years for racketeering, based on his lengthy rap sheet and his status in La Cosa Nostra.
In a memo Tuesday, prosecutors call Joseph "Mousie" Massimino a career criminal, given a rap sheet that spans five decades and includes a drug trafficking conviction.
However, defense lawyer Joseph Santaguida argues in his memo that the February racketeering conviction is not a crime of violence, and should not trigger the career offender label.
Massimino's sentencing is set for Tuesday.
Philadelphia mob boss Joseph "Uncle Joe" Ligambi is awaiting a retrial after the jury deadlocked in his racketeering case.
Officials say the Philadelphia mob may not be the force it once was, but has shown the ability to bounce back from earlier prosecutions.