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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Cops to examine phone records in homicide case

Investigators plan to scour Mario Imbesi's phone records, which they hope will yield leads in the March slaying, court papers say.
Imbesi's peripheral involvement in the murder-for-hire case of a Genovese crime family capo has raised questions about whether his death was a contract hit.
Imbesi testified before a grand jury called for the Adolfo "Big Al" Bruno murder-for-hire case, court documents show.
Bruno was gunned down in 2003 in Springfield, Mass. by one of his former lieutenants.
Police discovered Imbesi's body on March 16 in the second-floor apartment he rented at the Farview Terrace condominium complex.
The state medical examiner reported last month that Imbesi died of blunt force trauma from a blow to the head.
Little is known about the man, who neighbors said tended to keep to himself.
After moving to Danbury from Port Chester, N.Y., three years ago, Imbesi led what was by all accounts a sedate life.
He took a job at ATP, a Bethel-based printed tape manufacturing company, where he served as a plant manager until his death, according to an online obituary. An ATP spokeswoman last month refused to comment on Imbesi's tenure with the company.
Born on Feb. 17, 1969, to Domenico and Francesca Imbesi, he grew up in Port Chester and graduated from Port Chester High School in 1987, the obituary said.
The Imbesi family declined to discuss the case.
Imbesi's links to the high-profile Bruno murder case surfaced last year.
Imbesi's grand jury testimony against former mob hit man turned government informant Frankie Roche emerged during the 2010 federal trial of Fotios "Freddy" Geas, a Genovese crime family henchman who was later found guilty of crimes that included racketeering and murder. He is serving a life sentence.
Federal prosecutors argued that at Geas' behest, Roche pumped several rounds into Bruno, the Genovese capo, on a Springfield street in 2003. Court documents show that a rift had developed between the two men after Roche trashed a Springfield bar, drawing Bruno's ire.
Imbesi, in his grand jury testimony, spelled out Roche's defiance.
"Frank's attitude at the time was, you know, he was above and beyond everybody else. So he said: `He's looking for me? OK, so I went and found (Bruno),' " Imbesi had said, according to court records.


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