CLEVELAND – A reputed member of the Gambino crime family and former son-in-law of John Gotti has agreed to a plea deal to avoid prison in what authorities originally said was a multi-million dollar scam involving stolen cars and scrap metal in Cleveland.
Cleveland.com reports 56-year-old Carmine “The Bull” Agnello agreed to plead guilty or no contest to three low-level felonies Thursday and pay $180,000 to cover the cost of investigating him and his businesses. Racketeering and conspiracy charges with potentially lengthy prison sentences were dismissed. Charges against his wife and one of his businesses also were dismissed.
Prosecutors had accused Agnello of weighing down stolen cars with dirt and sand and then selling them to a scrap yard.
Agnello’s attorney called the plea deal “fair and just.”
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