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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Colombo captain's gay daughter pleads for mercy during his sentencing

Donna Delucia (left) wrote a letter to Judge Kiyo Matsumoto asking for mercy on her father, Colombo capo Dennis Deluci (right), who is set to be sentenced for extortion. He could face 46 months in prison and his daughter fears he won't be able to see her son.

The openly gay daughter of Colombo gangster Dennis Delucia has outed her father as a supporter of same-sex marriage.

In a moving letter seeking mercy from the judge who will sentence him, Donna Delucia says her father is a family man in the truest sense.

“My dad was the one who told me he would love me no matter what I would do or tell him,” Donna Delucia wrote to Judge Kiyo Matsumoto.

“I finally came out at 22 years old. My mother did not handle it well and pushed me away .... I was scared, frightened and afraid of my dad’s reaction,” she continued in the letter filed in Brooklyn Federal Court.

“My dad accepted me, embraced me and has supported me. His love and acceptance helped me through the rough times and growing pains.”

Dennis Delucia, 71, a reputed capo in the crime family, pleaded guilty last year to extortion and faces 46 months in prison. He admitted using a couple of extra-large goons who made him look like a “midget” to intimidate the operator of a rival gambling club in the Bronx.

She conceded her father is a “chauvinist” and recalled his “king of the castle” views that included prohibiting her brothers from cleaning off the dinner table because they were boys.

But after Donna fell in love with her partner and informed him they were planning to have a baby, the mobster cried.

“He made me so proud,” Donna wrote.

Delucia helped pay for Donna and her spouse to move from Philadelphia to New York where same-sex parents pass parental rights to their partner.

Today, they live in Kentucky, “far from the hype of Italian-Americans,” where they are raising their 9-year-old son.

“Please let him come home,” Donna begged the judge. “I want my son to spend long days with his grandfather. I want him to know my dad.”

Donna declined to discuss the letter with a reporter Thursday.

Rita Gigante, the daughter of legendary Genovese boss Vincent "Chin" Gigante revealed recently that she was gay in her autobiography “The Godfather's Daughter: An Unlikely Story of Love, Healing and Redemption.”

“For me, coming out was twofold with my dad,” Gigante told the Daily News. “I didn’t want to bring shame to him and I was worried about my soul going to hell since I was raised Catholic. It took a while for him to get past his traditional views, but ultimately, he was my father and he loved me and wanted me to be happy.”

Last year, the judge granted Delucia a furlough from the Metropolitan Detention Center to walk another daughter, Melissa, down the aisle at her wedding.



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