On this date in 1931, Chicago mob boss Al Capone was convicted in federal court on charges of income tax evasion. Judge James H. Wilkerson surprised Capone and his attorneys by passing a sentence of eleven years in prison, about double the usual sentence for similar crimes. In addition, he assessed $150,000 in fines and court costs against Capone. Adding insult to injury, the judge denied Capone’s motion to stay out of prison while his appeal was in the works. Capone was on a train to Leavenworth prison a week after his conviction. He would not make parole until late 1939.
Binghamton Press, October 24, 1931 – Al Capone Gets 11 Years, Must Pay $150,000
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