This Day in History — October 17

On this day in 1931 the famous gangster Al Capone was sentenced to 11 years in prison at Alcatraz for tax evasion and a fine of $80,000. Mr. Capone was being looked at for murder, but the cops never found any evidence.  Before being sentenced Al Capone was on the F.B.I.’s most wanted list by 1930, he originally skipped jail for his crimes by bribing cops, intimidating witnesses, and keeping a low profile by living in various hideouts. He became so big by simply killing his other competitors in battles and slayings, and in the most famous one the St.Valentine’s day massacre in 1929. He was originally sentenced to 11 years in US Prison in Atlanta, but he was getting too much of a cushy treatment so he landed himself in Alcatraz  but eventually got out in 1939 for good behavior. Then Capone died in 1947 when he was 48 in his home in Palm Island, Florida.

Senior Staff Writer

Pennie Hull


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