As U.S. District Court Judge Ronald Guzman read the guilty verdicts in the trial of reputed Cicero mob boss Michael Sarno, family members of the defendants let out sighs and gasps and began crying.
Mark Polchan, a high-ranking member of the Outlaws motorcycle gang, began shaking his head back and forth and later was heard to accuse prosecutors of being liars as he was led out in custody. He faces about 50 years in prison.
Sam Volpendesto had his head in his hand as he began hearing the guilty verdicts. Volpendesto faces about 50 years in prison too, and at 86, that's a life sentence.
Sarno kept his head down just before his verdict was read then reared back and started bobbing in his seat as the guiltys rolled in. He looked over at his wife and daughter who were crying. He faces about 25 years behind bars.
As the judge announced he was guilty of racketeering conspiracy, Anthony Volpendesto held up a piece of paper with writing on it, but what was on it could not be determined. Volpendesto has filed a variety of unusual, unsuccessful motions contesting his innocence. He faces about 20 years behind bars.
Casey Szaflarski, the video poker king of the Chicago area, was stoic as the verdict was read, but his family and friends, who filled a row in federal court, began crying as well. Szaflarksi faces much less time than the other defendants because he wasn't charged with the racketeering count, but rather with illegal gambling and tax crimes, which carry lesser sentences.
While prosecutors weren't allowed to bring up organized crime at trial, expect them to use it at sentencing.