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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Vinny Gorgeous eyed hit on Assistant U.S. Attorney Greg Andres, mob turncoat testifies

There was a bullet with a mob-busting prosecutor's name on it - and former Bonanno boss Vincent Basciano was waiting for the final order to pull the trigger, a turncoat witness testified Tuesday.
It was a blockbuster revelation in the death penalty phase of the government's case against "Vinny Gorgeous," whom a jury found guilty last week of ordering the murder of a crime family associate.
Basciano was going to personally carry out the hit on Assistant U.S. Attorney Greg Andres inside Campagnola, an upper East Side Italian restaurant, testified ex-capo Dominick Cicale.
Cicale said that Basciano got a message in the spring of 2004 from a private eye who had visited then-Bonanno boss Joseph Massino in prison.
"Joe Massino wanted to let Vinny know the prosecutor was disrespectful ... and the prosecutor ate at Campagnola's every Thursday night," Cicale testified. Basciano interpreted the message as an order to kill Andres in the upscale restaurant, which, according to Cicale, is under the protection of Genovese capo Dominick "Quiet Dom" Cirillo.
"Vincent Basciano would go into the restaurant in a baseball cap, walk up to Greg Andres and shoot him," Cicale said.
Basciano wanted to do the job himself because "the hit had to be done right," Cicale said, but apparently the order was never confirmed. Massino will testify today. Another mob rat, Generoso "Jimmy the General" Barbieri testified that the subject of hurting Andres came up in the federal lockup after Basciano was arrested in late 2004. "He [Basciano] said Greg Andres destroyed the Bonanno family, he ruined all our lives," Barbieri said. "He said we should make an example of him."
Defense attorney Richard Jasper told jurors that Basciano won't be a threat if he is locked up. "Life as he knows it is over. No suits, no shirts, no ties, no 'Vinny Gorgeous,'" Jasper said. The jury must be unanimous for the death penalty.


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