Anthony Borgese – Sopranos actor Anthony Borgese will avoid prison time for a real-life mob beat down, as if it was right out of a script from any of the roles he’s played in the movies.
The “Goodfellas” actor made an anti-Mafia video that kept him out of the slammer. In it he warns young men of the pitfalls of running with wise guys.
Last year, the Gambino associate, recorded a public service announcement (PSA) after pleading guilty to ordering the maiming of a man in Monticello, New York who owed money to a loan shark. The victim was left with a broken nose and ribs.
Borgese could have received up to 41 months in prison under federal sentencing guidelines. However, on Wednesday a Brooklyn federal judge said he was so moved by the performance and Anthony’s good deeds that he sentenced him to a lenient six months house arrest and 250 hours of “non-physically taxing” community service.
In addition, Judge Eric Vitaliano pointed to the actors “remarkable” work in raising millions of dollars for various charities years before his extortion arrest.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Evan Norris noted that the video was “undoubtably” made with an eye on Anthony’s sentencing, but commended him.
The 73-year-old is best known for his “Goodfellas” role as Sonny Bunz, the owner of the Bamboo Lounge. He also acted in episodes of “The Sopranos.”
“I know what I did was wrong, I shouldn’t have done it … and I’ll suffer for it the rest of my life,” he said.
The victim of the attack declined to seek restitution from Borgese for his injuries or appear in court, the prosecutor said.