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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Gambino Soldier Gets Break In Racketeering Sentence

A half-century after uncle Albert Anastasia was famously gunned down in a barber chair, Gambino soldier Anthony (Todo) Anastasio dodged a bullet - getting only 30 months in prison for racketeering.
It was a close shave for the 81-year-old mobster because he was facing up to 10 years in prison for several extortion schemes and conspiring to burn down a Dunkin' Donuts on Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn. A family of four living above the store nearly perished.
Anastasio did not apologize to the arson victims, who attended the sentencing in Brooklyn Federal Court.
But the wily wiseguy managed to convince Judge Brian Cogan that he was not deserving of a long term that could be a death sentence for an octogenarian.
The judge did reject Anastasio's request to do his time at a halfway house in Brooklyn where he could be treated by his own physicians.
"But for the grace of God the family living [above the Dunkin' Donuts] could have died," Cogan said. "The firefighters risked their lives and they shouldn't have to jeopardize their lives because someone wanted to [collect insurance money]."
Anastasio was ordered to pay $10,000 in restitution to the couple and their two young children, who escaped by jumping out a window but lost all their possessions in the blaze.
Anastasio's legendary uncle, known as the "Mad Hatter" and the "Lord High Executioner," was murdered while getting a shave at the Park Sheraton Hotel in 1957.



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