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Man tied to $500M art heist pleads guilty in unrelated case

Associated Press logo Associated Press 4/6/2017
FILE - In this April 20, 2015 file photo, Robert Gentile is brought into the federal courthouse in a wheelchair for a hearing in Hartford, Conn. Gentile, who authorities say is the last surviving person of interest in the 1990 art heist from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, is scheduled to plead guilty to unrelated weapons charges, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in federal court in Hartford. (Cloe Poisson/Hartford Courant via AP, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this April 20, 2015 file photo, Robert Gentile is brought into the federal courthouse in a wheelchair for a hearing in Hartford, Conn. Gentile, who authorities say is the last surviving person of interest in the 1990 art heist from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, is scheduled to plead guilty to unrelated weapons charges, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in federal court in Hartford. (Cloe Poisson/Hartford Courant via AP, File)

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

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. Prosecutors say he should spend close to five years in prison.

Gentile remains detained.

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

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

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