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Darrow facing jail for mob extortion plot

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Feb 10, 2011 | 4:00am EST

Darrow, who played restaurant owner Sonny Bunz in Martin Scorsese's 1990 mobster classic, pleaded guilty to taking part in an attempt to collect a debt.

The actor, who also starred in 14 episodes of gangster-themed TV series The Sopranos, was asked for help in recovering the cash by the owner of a New York car dealership.

The unidentified victim was later savagely beaten by two enforcers with links to the Gambino crime family, suffering a broken jaw and ribs in the 2004 attack.

On Wednesday (09Feb11), Darrow - real name Anthony Borgese - appeared at Brooklyn Federal Court and pleaded guilty to participation in the extortion plot.

He told the hearing, "I used extortionate means to collect a debt from a person who lived near Monticello."

Outside court, Darrow's lawyer Kevin Faga added, "(He) did not lay a hand on anybody. It's a difficult day for him. He's embarrassed and he's concerned for his family's privacy."

The actor is facing up to 41 months in prison. Last year (10) Darrow's pal, Joseph 'Joey Boy' Orlando, was jailed for 51 months for his part in the plot.

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