Suspect in $500M art heist pleads guilty in unrelated case

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Gentile remains detained.

Thieves stole an estimated $500 million worth of artwork, including works by Rembrandt and Edouard Manet. Prosecutors have said they believe Gentile has information about the still-unsolved 1990 heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

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Prosecutors say he should spend close to five years in prison. Eighty-year-old Robert Gentile appeared Thursday in federal court in Hartford in a case stemming from federal agents’ seizure of numerous firearms and ammunition from his home in Manchester.

history has pleaded guilty to unrelated weapons charges. — A reputed Connecticut mobster who authorities say is the last surviving person of interest in the largest art heist in U.S. HARTFORD, Conn.

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In this April 20, 2015 file photo, Robert Gentile is brought into the federal courthouse in a wheelchair for a hearing in Hartford, Conn. (Cloe Poisson/Hartford Courant via AP, File)

Gentile has denied knowing anything about the heist or the paintings. The artwork did not come up at Thursday’s hearing.