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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Boss of the Bonanno crime family sentenced to 18 months


Acting Bonanno family boss Vincent (Vinny TV) Badalamenti (l.) and reputed Bonanno soldier Vito Balsamo in long-sleeved dress shirt on right.
THE REPUTED BOSS of the Bonanno crime family was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months in prison for conspiring with other gangsters to collect a gambling debt.
Vincent "Vinny TV" Badalamenti was caught in the government's web by mob turncoat Hector Pagan, the ex-husband of "Mob Wives" star Renee Graziano.
The reputed crime boss presided over a meeting in a Staten Island diner with Pagan's father-in-law Anthony Graziano — the crime family's former consigliere — and reputed capo Vito Balsamo to settle a dispute over how much a deadbeat would repay them.
Badalamenti, 54, declined to make a statement at the his sentencing in Brooklyn Federal Court. But he did wave and blow kisses to his elderly mother and family members who were sitting in the courtroom.
Chief Judge Carol Amon could have slammed the gangster with up to 27 months in prison, but she gave him some credit for the time he had served for a previous extortion conviction stemming from the same debt.
“The defendant continued to engage in criminal conduct after completing his last sentence,” Amon noted.
She also hit him with a $10,000 fine and three years of supervised release.
“It was a very fair sentence," defense lawyer Ronald Fischetti said, adding that Badalamenti has already been imprisoned for nine months and could get sprung in six months with credit for good behavior.
Balsamo was sentenced to a year and a day in prison and Graziano got 19 months for the extortion.


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