Conn. man thought linked to heist to be sentenced

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By DAVE COLLINS, Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A reputed Connecticut mobster is facing sentencing in a weapons and prescription drugs case that revealed federal authorities' belief that he had information on the largest property heist in U.S. history.

Seventy-six-year-old Robert Gentile (JEN'-tile) of Manchester is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday in federal court in Hartford. He pleaded guilty in November to illegally selling prescription drugs and possessing guns, silencers and ammunition.

Prosecutors are seeking a prison term of about four years, while Gentile wants to be released from pretrial detention and placed either on probation or home confinement.

A prosecutor said last year that the FBI believed Gentile had information on the unsolved 1990 theft of a half-billion dollars' worth of art from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Gentile denies knowing anything about the heist.

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