How Does Wyoming’s ‘Gangster Grandpa’ Compare To ‘Uncle Junior’ From The Sopranos?
Earlier this week, the Wyoming Highway Patrol busted an 81-year-old man with 35 pounds of pot in his backseat. How could that story possibly get any better?
Turns out, Henry Sentner was once a mafia hitman. It's like having our own real-life Uncle Junior right here in the Cowboy State.
Here's how the two elderly mobsters stack up:
In the fictional television series The Sopranos, Corrado "Junior" Soprano was a high ranking member of the DiMeo crime family. Following a failed attempt to murder his nephew, Uncle Junior was indicted on federal racketeering charges.
Meanwhile, in real life, Henry Sentner has had several run-ins with the feds. In 1972, he was sentenced to 15 years in prison for the murder of Manny Gambino, who was, coincidentally, the nephew of reputed crime boss Carlo Gambino.
On the show, Uncle Junior was sentenced to house arrest after developing dementia. In the series finale, Soprano was living in a state-run facility, unable to recognize family members.
If convicted on felony drug charges, Sentner could get 15 years in a different kind of state-run facility. Should he receive the maximum sentence and serve out the full term, "Gangster Grandpa" would be released from prison at the age of 96.