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Friday, June 24, 2011

Charges dropped against Lucali's pizza chef Mark Iacono and reputed Mafioso for knife fight in April


Lucali's pizza shop owner Mark Iaconoat State Supreme Court in Brooklyn where his charges of attempted murder in relation to a knife fight last April were dismissed.
Lucali's pizza shop owner Mark Iaconoat State Supreme Court in Brooklyn where his charges of attempted murder in relation to a knife fight last April were dismissed.


A famed Brooklyn pizza maker and a reputed Mafioso who were involved in a bloody knife fight will not face criminal prosecution, it was announced Tuesday.
Prosecutors dropped attempted murder and other charges against Lucali's chef Mark Iacono and his foe Bettista (Benny) Geritano because neither will rat on the other.
"The People cannot move forward due to lack of cooperation from both witnesses and move to dismiss both cases," prosecutor Jeffrey Levitt said in Brooklyn Criminal Court.
Sources said prosecutors had declined to offer either one immunity in exchange for testifying before a grand jury because it was unclear who initiated the April slice-up on Smith St. in Carroll Gardens. That meant that their testimony could have implicated them in a crime.
"We're just happy it's over," said Iacono's lawyer James Froccaro.
The pizzeria owner, looking pale in a blue suit, said outside court that the brawl wasn't over Geritano's girl, Annette Angeloni, as some reports have suggested. He claimed to have nothing to do with Angeloni "other than our daughters being friends."
Geritano, who's out on bail for violating supervised release on a prior federal conviction, wasn't present in court.
His lawyer Steven Kartagener said they insisted all along that his client "did nothing wrong" because he was attacked first.


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