Updated news on the Gambino, Genovese, Bonanno, Lucchese and Colombo Organized Crime Families of New York City.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Likeable Gambino Captain seeks leniency with help from family, friends

A “likeable” mobster hopes his devotion to family and friends will outweigh his crimes of extortion, loan-sharking and bookmaking.
Reputed Gambino crime-family captain Louis Mastrangelo yesterday submitted more than two dozen letters — including two from granddaughters who miss their “Poppop” — in a bid for leniency when he’s sentenced next month.
Defense lawyer Eric Franz described Mastrangelo, 67, as “likeable, pleasant and respectful” in the Manhattan federal court filing, adding, “It has been a true pleasure to represent him.”
Franz also argued that Mastrangelo’s “advanced age and medical conditions” — which include prostate and bladder cancer — call for minimal punishment.
Mastrangelo, who was busted in last year’s massive Mafia crackdown, faces four-plus years in the slammer under terms of his plea bargain to racketeering conspiracy.
One of the alleged members of his crew, Todd LaBarca, is charged with murder.


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