Man freed after serving 50-year sentence, at the age of 100

Franzese released Friday at the age of 100. It was reported that Franzese left the Federal Medical Center in Devens, Mass., in a wheelchair just before noon Friday. He was serving a 50-year sentence for bank robbery.

By: AP | New York | Published:June 24, 2017 1:21 pm
World's oldest prisoner, oldest inmate, US federal prison system, longest sentence, robbery sentence, John Sonny Franzese, Indian express, India news, Latest news In this March 24, 1966, file photo, John “Sonny” Franzese, center, is escorted to the Elizabeth Street police station in New York, after his arrest on a 43-count gambling indictment. (AP Photo/Anthony Camerano, File)

A reputed Colombo crime family underboss reported to be the oldest inmate in the federal prison system has been released at the age of 100. Newsday reports John “Sonny” Franzese left the Federal Medical Center in Devens, Massachusetts, in a wheelchair just before noon today. He was serving a 50-year sentence for bank robbery.

His son, Michael, says the elder Franzese is planning to live with a daughter in Brooklyn. The newspaper reports Franzese was allegedly involved in loan sharking and extortion.

US Bureau of Prisons records show he was paroled at least six times since his 1967 conviction, but each time ended up back in prison. The last time was in 2010 when he was caught shaking down strip clubs and a pizzeria.

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