NEW YORK (AP) The reputed head of New York's Genovese crime family is heading to prison for five years in an extortion case.

Danny Leo, nicknamed "The Lion," said nothing Thursday as he was sentenced to 60 months in prison.

Defense lawyer Lawrence Carra says Leo "indicated he was remorseful and accepted responsibility" when he pleaded guilty in October. His plea deal allowed for as many as 71 months in prison.

The 66-year-old Leo was charged with conspiring to shake down a livery car business owner and an illegal gambling business beginning in 2002.

Leo's nephew, Joseph Leo, has also pleaded guilty to extortion in the same case. He was sentenced Thursday to 46 months in prison.

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