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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Former Mobster Announces He's Gay

Robert Mormando, a former reputed Gambino hitman, yesterday announced that he's gay and has renounced the mob life at his sentencing hearing in a federal court for his role "in the shooting of Queens bagel store owner Angelo Mugnolo, who was wounded in the driveway of his Howard Beach home in 2003" as reported by John Marzulli for the Daily News:
The rubout was ordered by Vincent Gotti, the younger brother of late crime boss John Gotti, who suspected the baker was fooling around with his wife. Mormando became a government informant shortly after the shooting. He did not have have to testify against accomplices Vincent Gotti, his nephew Richard Gotti and Angelo Ruggiero Jr., because they pleaded guilty to murder conspiracy charges last year. Sources said Mormando's cooperation was kept a closely guarded secret until he came out Monday. * * * Defense lawyer Nancy Ennis told the judge Mormando was given the contract a month after he was inducted into the crime family in 2002. "He was summoned to perform an act that he found totally unacceptable afterward," Ennis said. "He did follow through, but he found the incident to be so disagreeable shortly after that he started having strong thoughts about leaving the mob. * * * Ennis' biggest bombshell was announcing that Mormando is out of the closet. "He has been openly gay since he left the mob," Ennis said. Mormando's partner has refused to enter the witness protection program, but they have relocated and together they "live a peaceful working life," she said.
For decades the Mafia -- particularly the Gambino and Genovese crime families -- have been behind many gay bars and sex clubs in New York City.  Of course, Mormando is not the first wise guy to like the guys, and Marzulli further writes:
Former DeCavalcante crime boss John D'Amato was whacked in 1992 for being gay. A burly gay hit man named Vito Arena was a member of the murderous Roy DeMeo crew. He, too, became a mob informant, but he returned to a life of a crime and was shot dead in a botched armed robbery.


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