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Friday, May 11, 2012

State murder charges might be brought against Tommy Shots

A COLOMBO CRIME boss and his alleged hit man — who beat federal charges of killing an off-duty NYPD cop — may not be off the hook yet.
Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes could bring a state murder case against Thomas "Tommy Shots" Gioeli and Dino "Little Dino" Saracino, sources told the Daily News.
Should he do so, it wouldn’t be double jeopardy, because murder charges brought in state court would differ from the federal racketeering murder charges that the two men just faced, former federal prosecutor Brad Simon said.
Gioeli and Saracino were cleared of multiple gangland murders in a stunning verdict Wednesday in Brooklyn Federal Court.
A decision on new charges won’t be made until after the upcoming federal trial of former Colombo acting boss Joel "Joe Waverly" Cacace, who is charged with ordering Ralph Dols’ murder because the cop had married his ex-wife, sources said.
A spokesman for the Brooklyn DA — whose office monitored the federal trial on at least one occasion — declined to comment. Five years ago, Hynes brought a murder case against two Genovese mobsters whose federal convictions had been overturned on a legal technicality.
Gioeli received a standing ovation from fellow inmates and their visitors in the visiting room of the Metropolitan Detention Center on Wednesday night, another source said.


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