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Information for the trial of Criminal Case No. 4163: United States vs. Charles S. Gargotta and Charles Gargotta, defendants. The document states that the current charge of possession of whiskey is Charles S. Gargotta's second offense, per Frank Cunningham, Federal Prohibition Agent.

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April 20th 1921

Commitment in the trial of Criminal Case No. 4182: United States vs. Charley Gargotta, defendant. The document notes that Charles Gargotta was charged with "Violation of the Act of October 28, 1919," also known as the Volstead Act, and has been sentenced to a prison sentence of 30 days in the Jackson County Jail, "to commence at the expiration of sentence imposed in [Case] No. 4163."

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April 26th 1921

Commitment in Criminal Case No. 4414: United States vs. Charles Gargotta, defendant. Gargotta was found guilty of "the offense of Violation of the National Prohibition Act," and sentenced to serve six months in the Pettis County Jail in Sedalia, Missouri. The document also includes a certification of Gargotta's delivery to the Pettis County Sheriff on December 7, 1921, to begin serving his sentence.

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December 3rd 1921

Information in the trial of Criminal Case No. 4182: United States vs. Charley Gargotta, defendant. The document states that, per the affidavit of W. E. Dunigan, Federal Prohibition Agent, Charley Gargotta was in possession of a half pint of whiskey on December 29, 1920.

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April 25th 1921

Indictment for Criminal Case No. 4414: United States vs. Charles Gargotta, defendant. Gargotta is charged with three counts of selling whiskey: one half pint to Henry Fulton, two ounces to Harry Hall, and another two ounces to Set Carson on July 5, 1921. He was also charged, in a fourth count, of a second offense of possession of "intoxicating liquor."

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November 10th 1921

Verdict in the trial for Criminal Case No. 4414: United States vs. Charles Gargotta, defendant. Gargotta was found guilty in the first count and fourth counts of selling and possession of "an intoxicating beverage," i.e. whiskey, and not guilty of the second and third counts, also of the sale of whiskey. The verdicts are signed off on by N. C. Ewing, Foreman of the Jury.

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December 2nd 1921

Information in the trial of Criminal Case No. 5839: United States vs. Pete Cardina, Mike Titino, Thomas Tococo and Charles Gargotta, defendants. The document states that, per the affidavit of Arthur L. Curran, Federal Prohibition Agent, the defendants were found in possession of "a certain quantity of intoxicating liquor," i.e. one and one-fourth pints of whiskey. The affidavit also notes that Gargotta has a prior conviction of possession in violation of the National Prohibition Act.

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April 26th 1923

Indictment in Criminal Case No. 12584: United States vs. Charles Gargotta, defendant. Gargotta was charged in three counts related to the possession and concealment of two .45 caliber pistols that had been stolen from the National Guard Armory in Kansas City, Kansas. Gargotta was a Pendergast ally and organized crime leader, and the case is part of a shootout incident involving Sheriff Thomas Bash, rival bootlegger Ferris Anthon, and others.

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June 6th 1934

Verdict in the trial of Criminal Case No. 12584: United States vs. Charles Gargotta, defendant. The defendant was found guilty in all three counts of illegal weapons charges. Gargotta was a Pendergast ally and organized crime leader, and the case is part of a shootout incident involving Sheriff Thomas Bash, rival bootlegger Ferris Anthon, and others.

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June 20th 1934

Statement made by Charles Gargotta in Criminal Case No. 12584: United States vs. Charles Gargotta, defendant. Gargotta made a statement to Prosecuting Attorney T. A. J. Mastin in which he indicated that he was arrested on the street after leaving a woman's apartment on Armour Boulevard. He claimed that he only heard shooting to the east of him, and was not only was he unarmed at the time of his arrest, but that he had never owned an automatic pistol. He also took issue with other details of the case.

Date: 
August 12th 1933
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