Chicago mobster Joseph Lombardo – better known as "Joey the Clown" – died in prison on Saturday for 90 years while serving a life sentence for murder, multiple media reports said they cited federal prosecutors.
One cause was unclear; he had suffered from throat cancer, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Lombardo was convicted in 2009 for the murder of his friend Daniel Seifert, a federal witness, in 1974 while his wife and 4-year-old son were present. Investigators said Lombardo was responsible for killing a group of masked men, but Lombardo denied responsibility.
"In the end, we are judged by our actions, not by our intelligence or smile," said U.S. District Judge James Zagel when he sentenced Lombardo. "In such cases, we are judged by the worst things we have done, and the worst things you have done are terrible."
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Lombardo arranged Seifert's murder after he allegedly learned his friend planned to testify against him in federal court the Reported Chicago Sun-Times.
Lombardo was probably given his "Clown" nickname because of his jokey behavior despite his cold-blooded nature. When he finally came to court after his arrest in 2007, he reportedly said he had been "inaccessible."
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Separately, he was sentenced to prison in the 1980s for conspiring to bribe a US senator and his role in a $ 2 million scam system a casino in Las Vegas, the Tribune added. He reportedly started as a driver for Chicago Outfit figures before moving through the rankings.
Lombardo's death was announced in a court filing by Deputy U.S. Attorney Amarjeet Bhachu, according to the reports. No further details about his death were provided.