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Opening statements in Facebook case: Man claims self-defense

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A convicted Philadelphia-area bookmaker whose operation took high-dollar sports bets online or through offshore call centers has died in a federal prison medical center.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Joseph Mastronardo Jr. died Monday afternoon at the Federal Medical Center, Devens in Ayer, Massachusetts.

Mastronardo, the son-in-law of late Philadelphia Mayor Frank Rizzo, was sentenced to 20 months in prison in February after pleading guilty to racketeering, illegal gambling and money laundering charges.

A 2012 raid of Mastronardo's sprawling estate in Abington turned up $1.1 million in cash in the yard, and more money hidden inside.

Mastronardo was 65 and had recently suffered from throat cancer, pneumonia and a stroke.

His defense attorney, John Morris, had argued that sentencing Mastronardo to prison would likely amount to a death sentence.

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