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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Gambino rat apologizes to talk radio host Curtis Sliwa for botched murder attempt

A mob turncoat was sentenced Tuesday to time served after apologizing to one of his victims, Guardian Angels founder and talk-radio host Curtis Sliwa.
"I want to apologize to Mr. Sliwa and his family," said former Gambino wiseguy Joseph "Little Joey" D'Angelo, 43, as he turned and pointed towards Sliwa who in the back of the courtroom.
In 1992 Sliwa was kidnapped and shot several times in a stolen taxi being driven by D'Angelo, then a young mob associate whose mentor had been Gambino underboss Salvatore "Sammy Bull" Gravano.
D'Angelo testified the attack was ordered by John A. "Junior" Gotti because Sliwa bad-mouthed his father, John "Dapper Don" Gotti, on the radio.
"To his credit he cooperated," said Sliwa during a victim impact statement before Manhattan Federal Court Judge Shira Scheindlin.
In his remarks, Sliwa also told D'Angelo "you did the right thing" but now wanted him to say in public he ratted out the Gambino mob.
"When you do that then maybe for the first time in my life I can forgive and forget," Sliwa said.
The sentence means the mob snitch spent about four years in prison for two mob murders, the Sliwa attack, construction industry shakedowns, securities fraud, drug trafficking and other crimes.
Prosecutors said D'Angelo deserved credit for his "exemplary cooperation" which included testifying against Junior Gotti at four trials in five years, all of which ended in hung juries.
D'Angelo turned on the mob before the first Gotti trial in 2005 and has been free on bail since 2007.


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