Thursday, September 3, 2009

Ex-Mobster Gets Full Military Honors At Funeral

Convicted mobster Gennaro "Jerry" Angiulo was treated like a hero when he was laid to rest on Thursday. Before serving 24 years in federal prison, Angiulo served in the Navy. Angiulo was buried with full military honors for his service during World War II. The Navy funeral honors he earned serving during wartime are similar to those seen at Sen. Edward Kennedy's funeral last week, with six sailors to act as pallbearers and seven more for the firing party. The rules say as long as he wasn't convicted of capital offenses, he gets the military treatment. But some veterans told the Boston Herald they don't think Angiulo deserves the full honor. Angiulo was busted in 1983 after the feds bugged his North End headquarters for months. He was convicted of racketeering, loan-sharking and gambling charges. He served 24 years in federal prison before his release in 2007. He died last Saturday at the age of 90 from kidney failure