He pled guilty in his trial and was sentenced to 28 years, two years short of the maximum sentence of 30 years.
Two of the Norfolk four pled guilty, and two were convicted at trial.
Garafolo pled guilty to extortion charges in February of this year, according to court documents.
mid-13c., "make a plea in court," from Anglo-French pleder, Old French plaidier, "plead at court" (11c.), from Medieval Latin placitare, from Late Latin placitum (see plea). Sense of "request, beg" first recorded late 14c. Related: Pleaded; pleading; pleadingly.