No deathbed confession expected in Gardner Museum art heist

FILE - In this Thursday, May 10, 2012, file photo, law enforcement agents search the yard at the home of reputed Connecticut mobster Robert Gentile in Manchester, Conn. Gentile, suspected of having knowledge about long-sought stolen artwork, is due to appear in court in an attempt to get a weapons case dismissed on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)
FILE - In this Thursday, May 10, 2012, file photo, law enforcement agents search the yard at the home of reputed Connecticut mobster Robert Gentile in Manchester, Conn. Gentile, suspected of having knowledge about long-sought stolen artwork, is due to appear in court in an attempt to get a weapons case dismissed on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The lawyer for a Connecticut mobster suspected to have ties to the notorious 1990 Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum art heist says he doesn’t expect a deathbed confession from his client.

Hartford attorney A. Ryan McGuigan tells the Boston Globe (http://bit.ly/2dzLr24) he visited the hospital where 80-year-old Robert Gentile is in failing health on Friday to see if he’d talk about the artwork.

But Gentile, who has steadfastly insisted he has no knowledge of the heist, responded tearfully that “there’s no paintings,” McGuigan said.

Gentile is in federal custody for unrelated weapons charges. He’s been identified by the FBI as the last surviving person of interest in the theft.

Thirteen paintings and other artwork by Rembrandt van Rijn, Edouard Manet, Edgar Degas and Johannes Vermeer worth an estimated $500 million were stolen in the brazen heist.
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