Updated news on the Gambino, Genovese, Bonanno, Lucchese, and Colombo Organized Crime Families of New York City.

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Judge denies compassionate release to former Colombo street boss Tommy Shots


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A Brooklyn federal judge ruled former Colombo family street boss Thomas "Tommy Shots" Gioeli was entitled to the same level of empathy as his mob murder victims: Zero.
The 67-year-old gangster’s appeal for early release from his 18½-year prison sentence was pointedly rejected by Judge Brian Cogan in a Thursday decision that will keep him behind bars despite Gioeli’s concerns about contracting coronavirus.
Gioeli “displayed a callous disregard for human life, and I am not persuaded that he warrants more compassion and understanding than I demonstrated when I imposed a less than maximum sentence,” wrote Cogan in the nine-page decision. “He and his crew committed multiple murders that I know of from evidence at trial.”
Some of the killings stemmed from a 1990s war for control of the crime family between murderous factions representing acting boss Victor "Little Vic" Orena and imprisoned boss Carmine "Junior" Persico.
“The evidence of these murders was detailed, grisly and left me with no doubt to the defendant’s involvement,” wrote Cogan, who spared Gioeli an additional 16 months in jail after the mobster’s 2012 federal conviction.
According to court papers, Gioeli’s appeal for freedom cited an injured knee, diabetes, prior heart attacks, heart surgery and exposure to coronavirus while at the federal prison in Danbury, Conn. His current release date, with credit for good time, is May 2, 2024.
“I cannot find that defendant’s circumstances warrant compassionate release,” ruled Cogan. “His preexisting medical conditions by themselves are simply not the kind of life-threatening impairments that militate towards release ... (and) I cannot find that the danger defendant faces from the mere threat of (COVID-19) constitutes an extraordinary and compelling reason for compassionate release.”
The ruling was the latest bit of legal bad luck for Gioeli, who collected a $250,000 settlement from the Federal Bureau of Prisons in a slip-and-fall case — only to see federal prosecutors argue for forfeiture of $182,000 from the windfall for restitution to his crime victims.

https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ny-tommy-shots-coronavirus-20200521-2ev2pouxp5hthhnluhkwonf2le-story.html

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Jailed Colombo mobster Tommy Shots might get released due to the coronavirus


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A federal judge said Monday that he would decide shortly whether to release Thomas Gioeli, one-time head of the Colombo organized-crime family, from federal prison to home confinement because of the convicted mobster’s fear of contracting the coronavirus.
Gioeli, 67, of Farmingdale, who was known as “Tommy Shots,” is serving 18 years for his role in the murderous infighting for control within the family in the 1990s.
He was convicted in 2012 by a federal jury in Brooklyn of a conspiracy involving three murder plots, two of which involved the deaths of mob associates during the so-called “Colombo Wars," between factions of the family headed by Carmine Persico and Victor Orena.
Gioeli had won a $250,000 judgment from the government after slipping on a puddle of water from a leaky shower sink in 2013, and fracturing his right knee.
The incident came up Monday because his attorney, Jennifer Louis-Jeune had argued during a hearing in federal court in Brooklyn, that Gioeli should be released to home confinement because of extremely poor health that could lead to his death if contracted the virus.
The defense attorney citied a lengthy list of Gioeli’s medical problems including diabetes, a stroke, prostate cancer, numerous arterial problems, and that he is now facing a gall bladder operation
Before saying he would reserve decision, U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan asked about the fracturing of the knee, which, Gioeli had said in a deposition, he had done while playing Ping-Pong.
In the deposition, according to court records, Gioeli testified that while he was playing Ping-Pong, “ the ball went off the table and I missed the shot….I went to retrieve the ball. I stepped in the puddle and I slipped.”
Louis-Jeune, said Gioeli had initially tested positive for the coronavirus at the federal prison in Danbury, Conn. and was transferred to a section with detainees who had the virus. He remained there though later tests showed the first result was a false-positive and another test showed he had an immune response, indicating he had been exposed to the virus, she said.
Now, Louis-Jeune said her client is in a cell by himself, but shares a common bathroom with others on the unit, and still is in danger of getting the virus, perhaps fatally because of his poor health.
Louis-Jeune said her client was not a danger to the community, and referring to his history, added that Gioeli is “a weakened fraction of that man.”
But Eastern District Assistant United States Attorney Elizabeth Geddes said that the government strongly opposes Gioeli’s release.
Geddes said Gioeli had no problems in the past orchestrating violent crimes despite a history of medical problems even before he was imprisoned.
The prosecutor said that Gioeli has not yet exhausted the administrative procedures for release within the federal Bureau of Prisons, that the prison system has the capability of handling his medical programs, that there is no proof that he has been rehabilitated, and the “seriousness of his crimes cannot be overstated.”

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Monday, May 11, 2020

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Lucchese soldier is finally released from jail due to coronavirus


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This made man is a changed man.
Luchese gangster Michael Spinelli, who masterminded the attempted murder of an innocent woman in 1992, was released from prison Tuesday due to coronavirus concerns, saying he’s a different person from his old mob days and even wants to be a yoga instructor.
Spinelli, aka Baldy Mike, was tasked in March 1992 by Luchese bosses with rubbing out Patricia Capozzalo, a Brooklyn mother of three whose only crime was being the sister of a capo-turned-cooperator, 435-pound Peter “Big Pete” Chiodo. The attempted murder broke mafia code of not targeting innocent family members of mobsters.
Spinelli stalked Capozzalo for weeks before the attempted hit took place. On the morning of March 10, 1992, a masked triggerman driven by Spinelli shot Capozzalo three times while she tried to duck under the steering wheel of her 1985 Oldsmobile parked outside her Gravesend home. She had just dropped her kids off at school.
She was hit in the neck, behind the ear, and in the back. After the shooters drove off, Capozzalo ran into the house, called for help and was taken to the hospital.
Six years later she testified against Spinelli, who was already behind bars for unrelated crimes.
Capozzalo was targeted because Big Pete was set to testify at the trial of Vittorio Amuso, then boss of the Luchese crime family.
But Spinelli’s lawyers say that 28 years of hard time forced the made man to take a hard look at himself — and that he’s no longer a murderous mafioso.
“Today, he is ‘embarrassed and ashamed’ of who he was. He is full of remorse. Back then he was part of a culture of violence. Today, he is a calm, positive influence on those around him. He works daily to repent for his actions, and tries to help other incarcerated people find peace,” wrote attorney Allegra Glashausser in Spinelli’s application for release.
“He dreams of ‘build[ing] a peaceful life as an old man,’ and trying to ‘help people’ with the ‘few years [he] has left,’ by teaching yoga and spending time with his family,” Glashausser wrote.
Spinelli, 66, also has a host of medical conditions that make him particularly vulnerable if he were to catch COVID-19 at Manhattan’s federal jail, where he was being held, his lawyers said.
The ex-mobster still has nine years left on his sentence and wasn’t supposed to be released until 2029.
The feds strenuously opposed springing him.
“Spinelli agreed to murder an innocent civilian for his own selfish gain and advancement within the Luchese family. He did so with the clear intent of intimidating one government witness from testifying against the mob and sending a message to other would-be cooperators: cooperators and their families will never be safe," they wrote in court papers.
A judge ordered Spinelli released into his sister’s custody on $250,000 bail pending his resentencing in the case.
He is being held in home confinement and is barred from seeing anyone involved with organized crime.

https://www.nydailynews.com/coronavirus/ny-coronavirus-lucchese-mob-hit-20200505-f7ouoqqcs5c2llok6bwkuxk6xy-story.html

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Genovese gangster seeks early prison release due to coronavirus


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Longmeadow gangster Ralph Santaniello has joined the ranks of scores of other inmates across the country vying to cut their prison terms short over coronavirus concerns.
Santaniello, 52, is nearing the end of a five-year prison term for extorting a tow company operator and a gambling debtor in 2013 as he portrayed himself as the new face of the New York-based Genovese crime family in Western Massachusetts.
Santaniello was already just weeks away from leaving the Loretto Federal Correctional Institute in western Pennsylvania, according to court records.
He has been jailed at the facility along with high-profile inmates including Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign advisor. Manafort is serving a 7-year sentence for convictions on a series of charges including tax evasion, failing to report foreign bank accounts, witness tampering and unregistered lobbying for foreign interests. The 71-year-old disgraced lobbyist filed his own appeal to shorten his sentence over COVID-19 fears last week.
During a telephonic hearing before Worcester U.S. District Judge Timothy Hillman Tuesday, an attorney for Santaniello focused his argument on the fragility of Santaniello’s daughter, who has suffered from a rare disease since birth.
“Massachusetts itself along with Chicago is the coronavirus hotspot of the country right now,” argued his defense attorney, Daniel D. Kelly. “He could lose his daughter.”
Kelly told the judge Santaniello is set to be released to a pre-release center in Ludlow on May 12, at any rate.
“He will be released to a halfway house 21 days from today,” Kelly said, appealing to Hillman to instead release his client early to his parents’ house in Longmeadow right away.
U.S. Department of Justice Trial Attorney Marianne Shelvey opposed Santaniello’s motion for early release, and was quick to point out that Santaniello may be barred from living with his parents because his father, 81, also is a convicted felon.
“Talk to me about that, what’s going on there?” Hillman interjected.
“Amedeo Santaniello is an associate of the Genovese crime family. He’s been convicted in both federal and state court for gambling and similar crimes to this defendant,” Shelvey responded.
The elder Santaniello’s last prison sentence came after illegal gambling convictions in 1989.
Ralph Santaniello pleaded guilty to shaking down Springfield towing czar Craig “CJ” Morel for $20,000 after discovering Morel previously paid slain mob boss Adolfo “Big Al” Bruno tribute payments for city contracts until Bruno’s murder in 2003. Santaniello and co-defendant Giovanni “Johnny Cal” Calabrese approached Morel at his property in Hampden a decade later, and demanded the money.
Santaniello cuffed Morel hard on the side of his face to make his point, Morel told police. Santaniello and his cohorts continued to cajole and terrorize Morel for payments over several weeks; Morel agreed to wear a wire at the behest of the state police and FBI during meetings with the men.
Morel also filed a statement opposing Santaniello’s early release, according to Shelvey.
Santaniello, Calabrese and three others were arrested and charged in extortion conspiracies in 2016. Santaniello received the lengthiest sentence, and was described by Shelvey as the “enforcer, the fear and the violence” within the slapdash Springfield crew.
Calabrese has filed his own petition for early early release, also based on COVID-19 anxieties within the prison system, court records show. He is scheduled for release in late November and is serving out his sentence in Kentucky.
In addition to making the “compassionate release" argument, as it is called within the federal sentencing system, Kelly said sending Santaniello to a so-called step-down program doesn’t make practical sense in the coronavirus era.
“Most if not all the jobs he would be eligible for — in the restaurant industry, et cetera — are going to be shut down for the foreseeable future in this pandemic,” Kelly said.
Hillman took the matter under advisement, telling attorneys he will issue a ruling in short order.

 https://www.masslive.com/coronavirus/2020/04/jailed-mob-figure-ralph-santaniello-seeks-early-release-over-covid-19-concerns.html

Two Staten Island mobsters released from prison due to coronavirus


Two Staten Island reputed mobsters were recently released from prison amid concerns of catching the coronavirus while behind bars, federal court papers show.
Both Eugene "Boobsie" Castelle, a Staten Island man and reputed soldier in the Lucchese organized crime family, and Daniel "Shrek" Capaldo, a Staten Islander and alleged Colombo crime family associate, asked to be released from prison on March 31.
Federal Judge Alvin Hellerstein ordered the release of Castelle “in light of defendant’s ailing health and concomitant risk to defendant from the COVID-19 pandemic” shortly after, court papers show.
Hellerstein granted Castelle release on bail while he is waiting for the outcome of his appeal on his 2019 conviction for his connection with an illegal gambling operation.
The 60-year-old reputed Lucchese soldier had detailed to his lawyer Richard Levitt an episode in which he fell ill while at the federal correctional institution in Danbury, Conn. -- where he recently returned after falling ill with pneumonia.
“I [started] to feel sick all over again with shortness of breath, back-ache, coughing again, but as [per] usual our concerns fall on deaf ears,” Castelle wrote. “The last time it took an act of God for the lieutenant to call 911 at 4 a.m. because three guys saw that I couldn’t breathe and I was coughing and choking my brain out.”
Castelle was released on April 3 to an undisclosed location on the condition that he “shall remain self-quarantined for 14 days after his release, subject to location monitoring,” court papers show.
On April 16, Hellerstein granted 14 additional quarantine days to Castelle as “he had been seriously ill during the first many days of his quarantine with symptoms suggesting COVID-19, but is presently improving,” his lawyer stated in a letter asking for the extension.
Capaldo, 55, was also released from prison, court papers show.
Capaldo, who was indicted among 20 suspects on wide-ranging charges of racketeering, extortion, loansharking and stalking, as well as attempting to fix an NCAA college basketball game, is also seeking release, court papers indicate.
Peter Guadagnino, Capaldo’s attorney, filed an emergency bail application on Sunday which indicates that Dr. Mazan Rabadi — who observed Capaldo’s medical records — believes Capaldo’s chance for survival if “infected with COVID-19 is poor.”
“I find that Mr. Capaldo suffers from underlying lung disease and he has used a bronchodilator for most of his life,” Dr. Rabadi wrote in a health assessment supporting Capaldo’s request. “If he contracts COVID-19, this will lead to him having severe bronchospasm which will lead to his respiratory failure, leading to intubation and being put on a respirator.”
Capaldo is was released to home incarceration and “restricted to home at all times, except for attorney visits, court appearances and medical treatment,” court records show.
JUDGE DENIES RELEASE OF THIRD MOBSTER
Federal Judge Jesse Furman denied John Matera’s application to be released from prison after his lawyer said he was battling coronavirus.
Matera, 49, a reputed Gambino associate, pleaded guilty in September 2004 to racketeering conspiracy in connection with the murder of Frank Hydell, then 31, who was killed in front of the former Scarlett’s strip club in South Beach in 1998, Advance records show.
“Hey buddy and not to be crazy but I’m sick as a dog I have every symptom,” Matera wrote in an email to his lawyer, Seth Ginsberg, on April 1, before he tested positive for the coronavirus, court filings indicate. “No one is doing anything here can’t even see no one. Doctors are gone, they have social workers acting like doctors and there [sic] treating us like we did some thing wrong.”
Ginsberg stated in a letter filed on April 6 requesting his client’s release that Matera had tested positive for COVID-19 and was placed in the Special Housing Unit (SHU) at the correctional institution, which is “typically utilized for punitive reasons.”
“Indeed, the psychological effects of isolation are well documented under normal circumstances. In the present circumstances, where Matera is battling a life-threatening infection, being deprived of virtually all human contact, both physical and otherwise, is a terrifying prospect,” Ginsberg wrote.
Judge Furman did not agree with Ginsberg and deemed the motion to be released from prison “premature," he wrote in the letter denying Matera release.
“That is not to say that the Court is unconcerned about Matera’s condition,'' Furman wrote. "Even if, as the government represents, he has ‘a mild case of COVID-19’ and his current condition is ‘stable,’ the Court trusts that the government, including the Bureau of Prisons, will closely monitor Matera’s health and diligently take all necessary steps — medical, legal, or otherwise — to ensure that he receives appropriate care and does not expose other inmates or prison staff to danger.”

https://www.silive.com/coronavirus/2020/04/two-alleged-si-mobsters-released-from-prison-due-to-the-coronavirus.html