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MP: The Fall of Vito Scavo

February 2010: Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott Drury told the judge Scavo acted like “the king of Melrose Park” as he forced his company on people in the town and made millions. Police officers became “personal servants in his kingdom. Good cops are not racketeers. Good cops are not extortionists.”

Defense lawyer Thomas Breen said Scavo was just that, a good cop, and that the case had been overcharged. If someone broke into his home, Breen said, “I’d want to call Chief Scavo and his men.”

Scavo apologized to the court, his family and a contingent of supporters who were in the courtroom on Wednesday. He said he was convicted by a jury that didn’t really know he’s a good person. “My pure intentions were to make my family’s lives better,” as well as the lives of his police officers, Scavo said.

U.S. District Judge Joan Gottschall said a sentence of more than 19 years — the minimum sought by prosecutors — would have been a life sentence for the 61-year-old Scavo. She said, “There was criminality but I don’t believe this was the crime of the century” and found that Melrose Park was not significantly harmed, because police officers who worked for Scavo still were keeping peace in the town. Scavo had been accused of forcing stores, bars, churches and even the Kiddieland amusement park to hire the company.

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