Mob Hit Man Gets Life in Prison

Convict's brother testified against him

Thursday, Jul 30, 2009  |  Updated 1:44 PM CDT
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Family Secrets Verdict

Frank Calabrese Sr., (pictured here in 1983) is still connected to the Chicago Outfit, according to the FBI, which is trying to limit his ability to communicate with the world outside of prison.

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Family Secrets Verdict

Sept. 10, 2007: A federal jury in Chicago returns guilty verdicts on all counts, including key racketeering and conspiracy charges, against all five defendants in the historic Family Secrets mob case.
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Convicted loan shark and hit man Frank Calabrese Sr. has been sentenced to life in prison after being convicted in Chicago's biggest mob trial in decades.

The court held Calabrese responsible for more than a dozen killings.   In a double-cross worthy of the Godfather movies, Calabrese's own brother testified against him, saying Frank strangled victims with a rope and then cut their throats to make sure they were dead.

U.S. District Judge James B. Zagel told Calabrese his crimes were "unspeakable" and the sentence is "just."

Relatives of the victims, many of them crying, told how Calabrese's murders had affected their families.

Calabrese was among five defendants convicted in the Family Secrets trial in September 2007. They were convicted for taking part in a racketeering conspiracy that included gambling, loan sharking, extortion and murder.

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