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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Anthony Urso's Saga

Federal Bureau of Investigation mugshot of Ant...Image via Wikipedia

In a little noticed letter he wrote in 2005 just before sentencing, former Bonanno acting boss Anthony "Tony Green" Urso, related how he thought turncoat underboss Sal Vitale, Joseph Massino's brother-in-law, got him involved in racketeering action so that if he refused Vitale could justify killing him.  As Urso explained it, Vitale was jealous of him because had a close relationship with Massino. "Vitale was my biggest enemy within the family, so much so that on several occasions (sic) he (Vitale) attempted to have me killed by bringing false accusations against me. These accusations were dismissed as ridiculous by Massino because he knew of the jealousy on Vitale's part and he knew that I was a loyal friend to him."  Urso was Massino's driver. Because he is dyslexic and can't read or write, Urso had someone else write the letter to Judge Nicholas Garaufis in the hopes of getting a sentence less than 240 months, something Urso felt was a death sentence at his age. "While I am not the shooter in this case, nor any other case for that matter, I still battle with my demons over this young man's death," said Urso in the letter, an apparent reference to the Vitale-ordered slaying of  the son of Anthony "Boots" Tomasulo.  Vitale told the FBI in his debriefings that Urso had the victim follow him by car to a location where others did the killing. Massino didn't order the slaying, which was done because the younger Tomasulo was causing problems for the Bonanno gambling interests, according to Vitale. Urso plead guilty in 2005 to one count of racketeering conspiracy and despite his letter was sentenced to 240 months. He is now 74 years old and in Elkton FCI. 

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6 comments:

  1. Anthony (Tony Green Urso) is a great guy and would never ever do the things yous accuse hime of. Your lying !!

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  2. Tony didnt kill anyone or order anyone killed with no prior criminal history how is it that the shooters got less time than him.sounds like someone was trying to make a statement.Tonys a decent good hearted guy and he certainly doesnt deserve (20) years.Someone ought to reconsider this case.

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  3. As his nephew i know he didnt have anything to do with it, he just got framed for it.

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  4. Tony Urso is a vicious violent thug. Theres recordings of him sayin women and children should be killed. How you can feel any sympathy for this lowlife is insane.

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  5. He's going to die in jail,so stop crying and do your time

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  6. In 2009 I was locked up in Elkton and met Tony quite a few times. He was in unit Echo Bravo (EB) and I in Echo Alpha.(EA). These units are open to eachother 24 hours a day so I ran into him frequently and.have had the privilege of speaking with him.in detail on the rec yard or.in.his cube and all.i.have to say is that Tony is a stand up guy one of the few honorable men I have met in my life. Hes in prison because those fucking turncoats in the bonnano family had to put the blame somewhere and Tony aint no fuckin rat so hes doin his time like a man for shit he didnt even do. I think hes served enough and should be released. Let the man enjoy what years he has left in freedom. Hes earned that.

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