While other conspirators were sent to prison, young Macheca is merely ordered to pay a $50 fine.
Joseph Macheca previously had enlisted for service in the Confederate Army and returned home to New Orleans in advance of the Union invasion. The Union occupiers generally controlled businesses and provisions in the region. The produce business of Macheca's step-father - a native of Malta and a British citizen - was one exception.
Following his conviction, Macheca left New Orleans for Texas, where he reportedly gathered a small fortune through smuggling.
Read more about Joseph Macheca: Deep Water: Joseph P. Macheca and the Birth of the American Mafia