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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Mobster a suspect in witness' execution

A mob goon linked to the Colombo and Lucchese crime families may be linked to the unsolved execution of a police informant on Long Island, federal prosecutors have revealed.
The allegation emerged at last week's sentencing of Robert Spatafora, 38, a garage owner who calls himself "Junior Gotti," for intimidating a witness.
Assistant US Attorney Stephen Frank told Brooklyn federal court Judge Jack Weinstein that Spatafora remained "a suspect" in the death of Peter Ghattas, a Suffolk County informant shot in the head in 2003.
The body of Ghattas, who worked in Spatafora's garage in Ronkonkoma, was found in his SUV outside the shop a week after Spatafora asked him if he was a "rat," the feds say.
Prosecutors say Spatafora was secretly recorded "repeatedly threatening" the witness "about the possibility that she would provide information about the murder of Peter Ghattas."
Spatafora got 41 months in prison.


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