Vermeer's The Concert

Vermeer's The Concert

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Gardner Art Heist, FBI Fishing, D.A. Dangles Drugs Plea Deal


Conn. drug suspect linked to Gardner heist may cop plea

Gentile Manchester Home

A Connecticut man who told the Herald federal prosecutors offered to broom drug charges against him if he agreed to help solve the 1990 Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum art heist is negotiating a plea deal, according to court documents filed by his attorney.
Andrew Parente, 75, and reputed gangster Robert Gentile, 76, were scheduled to go on trial tomorrow in Hartford on charges they were dealing prescription painkillers. On Friday, Judge Robert N. Chatigny pushed the proceeding back to Nov. 13 after Parente and public defender Deirdre Murray filed a motion to postpone jury selection, stating they are “engaged in negotiations” with prosecutors.
Parente and Murray did not return calls requesting comment. The U.S. Attorney’s Office also did not return calls.

Parente told the Herald in May the FBI started leaning on him about the 13 missing masterpieces by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Degas and Manet soon after he was arrested in February.
A $5 million reward for information leading to the recovery of the art valued at more than $500 million is still up for grabs.



Anonymous said...

Quel mafioso non sa un cazzo di niente! He is going to end up in the federal "snitch joint" like all the other losers in the witness protection program. Then he will have a 24/7 phone line to a judge and he act like all the other rats and will cry like a baby about everything and give the turn keys a hard time every chance he gets. Silly Yanks (and, as you Brits love to declare, the Yanks fuck everything up, don't they?). Why would they announce to the world that a key player with vital info was about to cooperate and, in turn, maybe help them recover some of the Gardner art works? All that would do would be to tip off some other key players that they had to move the artworks to a new location where they couldn't be discovered. Its just a game to keep a now 23 year old cold-case in the news. An investigation that has reached a dead end and doesn't even bring in new bogus leads, let alone real ones. UUUUFA!

Anonymous said...

You miss the point. The FBI want those with knowledge of where the Gardner art's resting place is to think about moving the Gardner art as they are under close scrutiny and being watched by the FBI. As soon as they try to move any Gardner art the FBI will swoop on them and strike them down with God's own thunder. That is why it is being made public Parente or Gentile may be trying to make a plea deal with the D.A. so there may an attempt to move the Gardner art. Not very sophisticated but desperate needs call for desperate measures and at this point anything will do that prevents a real, true immunity deal being offered or any actual reward offer being paid.