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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Rizzuto mobster denied parole for threatening prison guard

Juan Ramon Fernandez, Toronto muscle for Montreal Mafia boss Vito Rizzuto, has been denied parole because he threatened to use his organized crime connections to murder a Kingston prison guard, according to parole documents.
“Several correctional officers witnessed death threats you made to another guard who was attempting to search you,” the parole board wrote to Fernandez earlier this month. Fernandez, 54, is currently serving a 12-year sentence on a number of charges, including conspiring to murder and conspiring to traffic drugs.
The letter goes on to say that “During this incident, you seemed to flaunt your well-established ties to traditional organized crime in an effort to further intimidate the guard; this implies you remain connected to the same criminal lifestyle that enabled your considerable drug dealing activities.”
The letter also casts suspicion on a lawyer who routinely visits organized criminals while in prison.
“Your ongoing visits from a lawyer who has worked for persons identified as being part of organized crime further reinforces your continuing involvement with this criminal subculture,” the letter states.
Fernandez, a Spanish national, was sentenced to 12 years in prison in June 2004 by Justice Joseph Kenkel for a half-dozen gangland charges, including conspiring to murder a 460-pound rival fitness club owner who owed money to Rizzuto. In trials, it came out that Fernandez looked after Rizzuto’s interests in the GTA, and pleaded guilty to activities ranging from contract murder to major drug trafficking as a high-level part of Rizzuto’s organization.
Juan Fernandez
Juan Fernandez

He was also convicted of conspiring to traffic 1,000 kilos of cocaine with Montreal’s Rizzuto crime group and local Hells Angels.
Fernandez’s prison sentence expires on March 21, 2012.
Fernandez, who has twice been deported to Spain, lived in a Mississauga condominium while using the names Joe Bravo and Johnny Bravo and James Shaddock. He is under a deportation order to return to Spain when he’s released from prison.
The parole board review noted that Fernandez was placed in segregation for more than a month after threatening the guard.
It also states that he has made a “considerable lack of progress” on rehabilitation while behind bars.
“In fact, the Board notes you had earlier refused transfer to a medium-security institution where your programming needs might be better met,” the letter continues. “. . . Your lack of treatment in this regard is especially relevant in the context of your involvement in an inherently violent drug subculture.”
“Although the guard you threatened has since decided against pursuing criminal charges for personal reasons, the Board notes a serious institutional charge remains outstanding in connection with this incident and that your security classification was again increased to maximum.”
The letter adds that Fernandez is a strong bet to reoffend quickly when he’s finally released from custody.
“A statistical risk evaluation places you in a group of offenders where 60 per cent will commit an indictable offence within three years of release,” the letter adds. “This predictor is concerning in light of your significant criminal history, which includes a variety of serious drug offences and violent crimes.”



  1. WELL, he don't care about ANYTHING does he? Guess he figures he will walk his whole sentence off and leave a free man, smart choice! :) HOPE he really goes HOME to Spain though somehow I don't see him leaving? Lol !

    1. You stupid fuck you laugh for this man holding his down being a man and not bending for this corrupted ass system your lack of knowledge reflects on your silver spoon bitch ass . Enough said your plastic fake snob fuck you and everything you stand for

  2. I know "Big Ray" personally.. last time I saw him was back in Toronto West Detention Center. One thing about him was he was old school... Even when Gus and him would see each other(460lb fitness owner) they had a common respect for each other.. and they could deport him a hundred times. If Ray wants to be here he'll be here...

  3. I know him, too. Tough guy and full of charm. But utter scum.

  4. i was with him at the don. His fav saying was I will put a cross on you lol

  5. He is the best you ever ever met. he has honor , respect, and whatever he says he will do , than he will do it. There is no more people like that anymore. He is the real DEAL...

    1. Well said I don't know him but from what I read* respect all else will fallow real deal I agree not many real ones left or there just hard to find I wish him the best .