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Sunday, July 12, 2009

Colombo captain gets 10 years for gambling, assault

== Summary == This is a mugshot of former Colo...Family Godfather Joe Colombo via Wikipedia

Michael Uvino, 42, of Little Neck, who is a reputed Colombo Crime Family captain was convicted of running illegal card games on Long Island and assaulting two men who robbed one of his clubs was sentenced Friday in Brooklyn to 10 years in prison.

Uvino got the stiff sentence despite insisting that he was a victim of gambling addiction, and despite pleas for mercy from his ex-cop father and a nun who praised his charitable work.

The weepy wiseguy cried a river, blamed the victims for provoking the attack and claimed he was brandishing only a BB gun in the beatdown.

"I've had many sleepless nights replaying that fateful day," Uvino said, wiping tears from his eyes. "I cannot say how dumb I was when I let my emotions get the better of me," Uvino told Weinstein, claiming that he only meant to scare the robbers and that he never laid a hand on them.

U.S. District Judge Jack B. Weinstein told Uvino that even nonviolent mob rackets like gambling had contributed to the Mafia’s destructive effects on the New York City region over four decades.

“He’s sworn to be a man of the Mafia for his life, and I’m convinced he’ll go back,” Weinstein told Uvino’s lawyer.

“The youngsters in this city have to understand that they can’t join this organization, and that when they do they destroy their lives.”

Prosecutors accused Uvino of bookmaking and running illegal gambling clubs on Wellwood Avenue in Lindenhurst and out of a Sons of Italy hall on Sunrise Highway in West Babylon. He was convicted in December.

“His sin is the gambling,” the defendant’s father, Carmine Uvino, told Weinstein. “I think you’re being overly excessive.”

Two associates of Uvino received lesser sentences from Weinstein Friday. Brian Dono, 38, of Lindenhurst, was sentenced to 46 months in prison, and Philip Costanza, 46, of the Bronx, received a 24-month prison term.

According to court papers, the government has seized the William Paca Lodge in West Babylon. The proceeds of a forfeiture sale will be split 50/50 with the local affiliate, which has been severed from the statewide Sons of Italy because of the charges.



1 comment:

  1. BLAH BLAH BLAH... Fucking system is backwards...Giving time for these bullshit offenses but yet you let these hoodrats off easy for raping, molesting, murdering, mugging, car jacking, and punching old people or any people in the face for no reason!!! Give the HOODRATS 20 years for those things you ass backwards poor excuse for a judge!!! Maybe a Hoodrat will rape your loved one and get get 3 years probation you idiot Weinstein!!!