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Friday, August 10, 2012

Colombo associate refuses plea deal and causes his fellow wiseguys deals to be taken away


Photo of Dennis Delucia, Colombo soldier, was entered into evidence at the trial against Colombo Acting Boss Thomas (Tommy Shots) Gioeli.
Photo of Dennis Delucia, Colombo soldier, was entered into evidence at the trial against Colombo Acting Boss Thomas "Tommy Shots" Gioeli.

Suspect Andrew Russo, escorted by FBI agents.

Angelo Spata, an alleged Colombo crime family associate, leaves Brooklyn Federal Court on January 20, 2011
WHO'S the boss?
A seemingly low-level mobster put the kibosh on plea deals that four Colombo wiseguys — including the crime family's acting boss — were ready to take Friday.
Then again, Angelo "Little Angelo" Spata is no ordinary mob associate.
Spata is the son-in-law of the crime family's official boss Carmine "The Snake" Persico, who is serving a life sentence.
He’s charged with wire fraud in connection with Feast of Santa Rosalia in Bensonhurst and illegal gambling. He blew off federal prosecutors on Thursday and had a deadline of Friday to accept the deal.
He told them to stick it.
His hard-nosed bargaining left acting boss Andrew Russo, capo Dennis Delucia and soldiers Ilario Sessa and Joseph Savarese in the lurch.
“Everything has broken down,” Delucia's lawyer Robert LaRusso glumly informed Brooklyn Federal Judge Kiyo Matsumoto.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Geddes said in court that Spata’s move means everyone's plea offers were off the table.
The men can either go to trial or try to negotiate new deals on less favorable terms, officials said.
Since Spata is a member of the Persico royal family, the other gangsters have no choice but to abide by his decision and keep their mouths shut, sources said.
The sources also said Spata is gunning for the same sweet deal that his brother-in-law Michael Persico recently wrangled — which gave him protection from the guilty plea being used against him in any future prosecution.
“The government is going to regret (Michael Persico's) plea agreement for a long time because now everyone is going to ask for it,” a source said.
This is Spata’s first arrest, and he faces about 20 months in prison.
Spata operates a company that rents amusement park rides to neighborhood Italian feasts and carnivals throughout the city. While he's co-defendants stew in jail, he's been free on $1 million bail. Prosecutors last year agreed to allow him to jet to Venice and Paris for second honeymoon with his wife Barbara.
Mob rat Anthony Russo testified in June that Spata was eagerly looking forward to becoming a made man in the crime family. Spata's lawyer Joseph Corozzo declined to comment.


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