'Ace Capone' gets life in prison, plus 55

April 16, 2009 10:05:33 AM PDT
A U.S. judge says a "staggering" amount of money and cocaine flowed through the hands of a Philadelphia rap promoter now heading to prison for life. Alton Coles, also known as "Ace Capone," told the judge at Thursday's sentencing that he was raised by "the streets" after his parents abandoned him at age 12.

The 35-year-old Coles carved out a lifestyle that featured a $220,000 Bentley, a $466,000 home and bags stuffed with cash.

He testified at last year's trial that his money came from his Take Down Records label and other projects.

But the jury convicted him of leading a violent drug empire that moved more than two metric tons of cocaine over seven years.

Coles told the judge no one deserves life in prison for selling drugs.

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