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

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Reputed Genovese mobster Paul "Doc" Gaccione faces murder rap in 1992 slay of rival

The getaway driver might not get away after all.

A reputed Genovese mobster was arraigned Tuesday on second-degree murder charges - for a 1992 rubout of a rival.

Paul (Doc) Gaccione pleaded not guilty to a single count of second-degree murder before Bronx Supreme Court Justice Steven Barrett. He was arrested at his New Jersey home last month after he was indicted by a Bronx grand jury.

Prosecutors say the 62-year-old Gaccione was the getaway driver in the murder of Angelo Sangiuolo, whom the Genoveses targeted when they thought he was robbing Bronx gambling operations controlled by the crime family.

Sangiuolo's bullet-riddled body was found in a van in a McDonald's parking lot in Pelham Bay in June 1992.

Sangiuolo's cousin, Genovese capo Angelo Prisco, ordered the hit and was sentenced to life in prison in federal court last year.

Triggerman John (Johnny Balls) Leto pleaded guilty

Gaccione's lawyer Michael Torres declined to comment outside the courtroom. Gaccione faces up to 25 years to life in prison if he is convicted.


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