Conn. drug suspect linked to Gardner heist may cop plea
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http://www.bostonherald.com/news/regional/view/20221008conn_drug_suspect_linked_to_gardner_heist_may_cop_plea/srvc=home&position=alsoA 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.