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Charles Stango, 73, of Henderson, Nevada, was read his sentence today in a federal courtroom in Newark, according to information from the office of Acting New Jersey U.S. Attorney William Fitzpatrick. He was also ordered to serve three years of parole supervision on release.

Stango is the father of Anthony Stango, formerly of Brick Township, who was sentenced in January 2016 for guilty pleas to charges involving prosititution, narcotics and weapons. Investigators tied both to the DeCavalcante crime family.

The elder Stango pleaded guilty in December 2016 to knowingly using an interstate facility (phone) with the intent of murder, and to violating terms of parole that applied, at the time, to his imprisonment for racketeering in New York.

The original arrest took place April 14, 2015, in a sweep of  alleged DeCavalcante members in New Jersey and elsewhere.

According to investigators, Stango offered two undercover FBI agents, whom he took to be hit men, $50,000 to carry out the murder of an individual who, he believed, built a false reputation as a "made man," and had intentionally insulted a high-ranking organization member. Prosecutors rested part of their case on recorded conversations.

The government's case was presented by Senior Litigation Counsel V. Grady O'Malley. Stango was represented by Assistant Federal Public Defender Chester Keller, based in Newark.

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