Reputed Mobster Sentenced

Thief best known for involvement in Marlborough Diamond theft

By Mitchell Grogg
|  Thursday, Jun 7, 2012  |  Updated 8:42 PM CDT
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A 74-year-old who has spent much of his life involved with organized crime received another sentence Thursday.

Arthur Rachel was sentenced to 8 1/2 years in prison, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. He was convicted on charges of racketeering and involvement in several planned robberies in January.

He is best known for helping to steal the 45-carat Marlborough Diamond from a London Jewelry store in 1980.

Rachel was asked Thursday why he committed himself to a life of crime. 

"We got nothing better to do," he told the judge, according to the Sun-Times.

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