Charles ‘Chuckie’ Russell, 68 (pictured), pleaded guilty on Wednesday to being a felon in possession of a firearm
A purported Chicago-area mob associate who bragged about threatening people with a blow-torch has pleaded guilty.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Charles ‘Chuckie’ Russell of Schaumburg pleaded guilty on Wednesday to being a felon in possession of a firearm.
The 68-year-old was arrested before Christmas in 2016 after being captured on wiretap recordings speaking to an informant about breaking into someone’s home safe.
At one point, he says that when he puts a butane torch on the bottom of a target’s feet, they do what he says.
In November 2016, agents from the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were tipped that Russell was bragging about being the head of a group responsible for burglaries and break-ins, a criminal complaint states.
The following month, Russell was secretly recorded at the Boundary Tavern and Grille in Chicago neighborhood of Wicker Park.
In the complaint, Russell said he was planning to rob a lawyer who he believed had a safe in his home with up to $750,000 in cash.
‘Nothing gets my juices flowing like putting a gun to someone’s head, taking their stuff and making it mine,’ Russell said on the recording. ‘It will be a great Christmas, I’m telling you.’
He then added: ‘If he doesn’t open it, we’re gonna make him open it. They always open for me, believe me. I bring my butane torch, put it on the bottom of their feet, they open it’
His sentencing will take place on August 17 and prosecutors plan to request that Russell will be declared an armed career criminal. If the request is granted, he will face mandatory minimum 15-year sentence and up to life in prison (Pictured, Al Capone of the Chicago Outfit in the 1920s)
Russell was arrested after he went to a deli in Chicago’s South Loop deli to buy eight guns – including a submachine gun and an AK-47 assault rifle – from a dealer who was actually an undercover federal agent, prosecutors say.
His sentencing will take place on August 17 and prosecutors plan to request that Russell will be declared an armed career criminal.
If the request is granted, he will face mandatory minimum 15-year sentence and up to life in prison. His attorney, Clifford Histed, said he plans to ask for a less severe sentence because his client has stage 4 prostate cancer.
Because of his illnesses, Russell has not in custody and has been living in Schaumburg with his longtime girlfriend, Patricia Spilotro, a relative of Chicago mobsters Anthony and Michael Spilotro.
Russell is a member of the Chicago Outfit, which rose to power in the 1920s run by Johnny Torrio and Al Capone.
Records show that Russell was convicted of murder in 1973. In 1992, he was convicted for an aggravated criminal sexual assault and sentenced to 35 years in prison. He was released on parole in March 2011.