Clipped From Hartford Courant
informant When Cantalupo missed several payments, Al punched him in the face, allegedly allegedly demanding, "I want all of my money or I'm going to put you in the hospital." But Al said he had not said those words, nor lent Cantalupo Cantalupo any money. "That's not why I hit him." Why did he hit him? "Because he used my name to try to shake money from somebody. I told him not to use my name." Although many of Cantalu-po's Cantalu-po's Cantalu-po's conversations were recorded recorded by the government, no-tape no-tape no-tape of their violent encounter was produced in court. "Out of three years, that's the only day he wasn't taped?" Al asked in disbelief. Edward McDonald, the prosecutor, later conceded to me that Al wasn't taped that day, but said other tapes had turned up evidence of loan sharking against him. "The fact of the existence of the loan is beyond the shadow of a doubt," he said. McDonald was equally unmoved by Al's explanation explanation for the beating that he was punishing Cantalupo for mentioning his name in extorting extorting money from a third man. 'That could be, but he coupled it with demanding repayment repayment on the loan," he said. "And in demanding repayment on the loan, he beat him." Using threats or violence to procure money is considered to be extortion, but Al saw himself himself as a victim of injustice. "Hitting somebody in the face don't call for no 25 years!" he said. "But the jury believed him, and here I am."