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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Mob rat testifies Tommy Shots and his crew pondered quitting the life

 Thomas (Tommy Shots) Gioeli
A Colombo family turncoat testified that crime boss Thomas "Tommy Shots" Gioeli wanted to quit the Mafia after a flurry of federal subpoenas in 2008.

To be, or not to be, the boss of the Colombo crime family?
A Hamlet-like Thomas "Tommy Shots" Gioeli once pondered that question in the prayer garden of a Long Island church, a turncoat witness testified Tuesday.
It was 2008 and he and his crew of gangsters were in full retreat amid a flurry of grand jury subpoenas from the feds.
A pensive Gioeli took refuge at the Rosary walk and grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Massapequa Park, where he frequently prayed and had allegedly ordered the 1999 murder of capo William Cutolo.
Capo Dino "Big Dino" Calabro and soldier Joseph "Joey Caves" Competiello joined Gioeli in the serene setting, and the three discussed whether their good times as goodfellas had come to an end.
“They said they wanted to give up their positions and get out of the life,” Competiello, now a cooperating witness, testified in Brooklyn Federal Court.
Competiello recalled how he had offered to take the fall for the murder of their associate Richard Greaves, but Gioeli nixed the idea.
“Tommy said, ‘Absolutely not,’ ” Competiello said.
Before betraying their crime leader as government witnesses, Competiello and Calabro had been loyal dogs. When one of Gioeli’s four daughters was “bothered” by her boyfriend, Competiello said he went to the guy’s house and cracked him in the face.
They were also ready to tune up radio disc jockey Goumba Johnny for getting “fresh” with another Gioeli daughter, Competiello said.
Competiello and Calabro were in a Queens restaurant when Gioeli called to tell them the deejay could be found at Club Mirage in Farmingdale, L.I. They raced out east, but their prey had already left, Competiello recalled.
Goumba Johnny, an ex-bouncer whose real name is John Sialiano, did not return a call seeking comment. The former record spinner at WKTU now does an afternoon show at a Long Island radio station.
Meanwhile, Judge Brian Cogan warned Competiello and Gioeli not to make hand signals at each other after a juror reported seeing some unspoken communication between them.
“I’m not saying it happened,” Cogan said, but warned there would be consequences if it does.
“That goes for both the witness and the defendant,” Cogan said.



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