PENN HILLS, Pa. (AP) – The onetime underboss of Pittsburgh’s dwindling Mafia family has died. Charles “Chucky” Porter was 82.
The defunct Pennsylvania Crime Commission described Porter as the “right-hand” man to reputed mob boss Michael Genovese.
The William F. Gross Funeral Home says Porter died Tuesday in Penn Hills, where he lived since being released from prison.
Porter was indicted by a federal grand jury in 1990 and later sentenced to 28 years for racketeering. But a judge released Porter in 2000 for helping law enforcement disrupt mob operations and keep witnesses from being killed in other parts of the country. Porter’s son, prominent Pittsburgh attorney Charles Porter Jr., had argued for his father’s early release.
The funeral home is handling Friday’s visitation and Saturday’s funeral.