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Reputed Connecticut mobster expected to plead guilty

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Reputed mobster to admit to drug, weapons charges

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A 76-year-old reputed Connecticut mobster who federal authorities believe has information about the largest art heist in history is expected to plead guilty in a weapons and prescription drugs case. Robert Gentile of Manchester has a change-of-plea hearing scheduled for Wednesday morning in US District Court in Hartford. Federal prosecutors and Gentile’s lawyer declined to comment about the hearing. A federal prosecutor disclosed this year that the FBI believes Gentile had some involvement with stolen property related to the 1990 heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Thieves disguised as police officers made off with masterworks by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Degas, and Manet worth more than a half-billion dollars. (AP)

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