Chicago mob boss Mike ‘Fat Boy’ Sarno will remain in jail despite COVID, his failing health
Sarno, who tried to strike a deal with prosecutors and the courts to get out of jail because of COVID and his own allegedly declining health, was denied compassionate release by the United States Court of Appeals. Chicago 7th Circuit.
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In an interview with the I-Team, Sarno’s attorney said his client was a victim of a justice system that still views the Chicago mob as Hollywood portrays it. He disputes that Sarno would resume shooting into crowds from his wheelchair if released, and as federal prosecutors he convinced the court.
“I think this is another Italian-American victim of the RICO Act,” Chicago attorney John Chwarzynski said. “He’s serving time for something he hasn’t even been convicted of.”
Sarno rose through the ranks to become a powerful suburban street boss for the outfit, and then the federal gavel fell. He was sentenced to 25 years in 2012 for racketeering in a suburban burglary and theft hug.
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“I think the government, the district court and the appeals court, still have this belief that there’s a mafia out there and it’s like you see it in the movies,” Chwarzynski said. “They wrote in their opinion that Mike could still do what he used to do, sitting in a wheelchair. And that’s something you know, Hollywood dramatized, and that’s not the case anymore.”
When the thug’s health took a turn for the worse a few years ago, he was transferred to the United States Bureau of Prisons Medical Facility in Springfield, Missouri, where he remains to this day in a nursing wing. long-term.
First known as ‘Fat Boy’ and later ‘the Large Guy’, Sarno is now 64 and is said to be a fraction of himself, in terms of health, size and power.
But, his lawyer said Sarno’s story is attracting Hollywood interest.
“He’s a big, he’s a big producer on it — the producer of ‘Man on Fire’ with Denzel Washington — so they want to talk,” Chwarzynski said. “Right now we’re in talks…they want to start with the podcast and then write a book and the screenplay simultaneously.”
As it looks like Sarno will remain in prison for the remainder of his sentence, Chwarzynski notes that Sarno was not given a life sentence but, “with the way things are going,” that’s what he could end up with.
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