updated 5/25/2007 7:39:02 PM ET 2007-05-25T23:39:02

A 97-year-old mobster whose life of crime dates to the days of Lucky Luciano and Bugsy Siegel was sentenced Friday to six months' house arrest on federal racketeering charges.

Albert Facchiano, who was first arrested 75 years ago and is known as "The Old Man" and "Chinky," was also sentenced to 18 months of probation. He pleaded guilty in February to racketeering conspiracy and witness tampering, which have maximum sentences of 30 years behind bars.

Facchiano used a cane to get around in the courthouse and told a judge that he was sorry for his crimes. Afterward, Facchiano said in a brief interview that his days in organized crime were over.

"I'll never get mixed up any more," Facchiano said. "I'm just happy that it's over."

Facchiano must stay in a condominium in upscale Bal Harbour during his house arrest, with the only exceptions being such things as visits to the doctor. Prosecutors recommended under a plea agreement that Facchiano serve house arrest because of his age and medical problems.

He was among six members of the Florida arm of New York's Genovese crime family to plead guilty, including their acknowledged Mafia "capo" or captain, 73-year-old Renaldi Ruggiero. Ruggiero is appealing his 14-year prison sentence.

Facchiano's first arrest was in 1932 and coincided with the rise to power of Luciano, whose organization later became the Genovese family.

Facchiano is an acknowledged "made member" of the crime family, and his FBI rap sheet includes armed robbery, grand larceny, bookmaking and previous racketeering convictions.

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