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Friday, April 1, 2011

Fotios and Ty Geas, Arthur Nigro found guilty of murder, extortion, attempted murder, racketeering in Al Bruno murder case

After just over five hours of deliberations, a federal jury in lower Manhattan found three defendants accused in the 2003 murders of Adolfo "Big Al" Bruno and street criminal Gary D. Westerman guilty of those slayings, racketeering, extortion, attempted murder and other crimes.
Western Massachusetts mob thugs Fotios "Freddy" Geas, 44, of West Springfield, his brother Ty Geas, 39, of Westfield, and onetime acting Genovese crime family boss Arthur "Artie" Nigro, 66, of Bronx, NY, will spend the rest of their lives behind bars.
Of seven counts, the trio was acquitted of one: murder to obstruct justice with regard to Bruno, meaning the panel rejected the theory that he was killed because he was believed to be a law enforcement informant. Rather, the jury convicted the defendants of murder based on the notion that Bruno -- a weakened capo whom witnesses testified had been placed on the "pay no mind" list by Nigro and other mob higher-ups -- was killed to pave the way cleanly for new leadership.
The Geases were the "scare guys" for budding boss Anthony J. Arillotta, 42, of Springfield, who ultimately betrayed his former criminal partners by turning prosecution witness after his arrest in the case last year. Arillotta testified for days early in the trial, telling jurors of what a prosecutor deemed "an epic spasm of violence" that peaked in 2003. Arillotta, the man whom the Geases once regarded as their ticket to relative wealth and influence, was ultimately the most damning witness against them.
Arillotta has not yet been scheduled for sentencing but pleaded guilty to the murders, racketeering, drug-dealing, extortion and other crimes under a plea deal last summer.
Although the murder convictions carry mandatory life sentences, formal sentencing hearings before U.S. District Judge P. Kevin Castel are not scheduled until June.



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