But on Thursday, the 69-year-old Gigante entered the Brooklyn courtroom well dressed, and without the wheelchair he had used during his four-week July trial. Knowing the Chin, the 21st century could find him jogging in Central Park.
NEW YORK: Vincent "Chin" Gigante will trade in his bathrobe and slippers for 12 years in prison duds, U.S. District Court Judge Jack B. Weinstein ruled Thursday. Having already decided that the "Oddfather" had been faking his mental illness, Weinstein imposed a fine of $1.2 million and brushed off pleas from Gigante's lawyer and family (not "family") that the mobster be allowed to spend "his final days" under house detention. Gigante has a host of physical maladies; the judge allowed for his early release if he becomes terminally ill.