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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

First official NY mafia boss to turn informant gets time served as a reward for cooperating

The biggest canary in mob history is getting let out of his cage.

Notorious former Bonanno crime boss Joseph Massino – the first head of one of NY’s five families ever to turn government witness -- will be released from jail as a reward for his cooperation with authorities, a judge ruled in Brooklyn federal court today.

The sickly former don, who was facing life in prison for eight gangland slayings, will be placed into witness protection program as a governmental thank you for testimony that sank dozens of mafia honchos including his Bonanno successor, Vincent "Vinny Gorgeous" Basciano.

Appearing bloated in a mob-standard track suit and wearing white velcro sneakers, Massino rose to address Judge Nicholas Garaufis and steadied himself on a table to address the court with a brief apology before his resentencing.

"I pray every night for the families of the people I hurt," he said in a low growl. "Especially the victims' families."

The portly hoodlum dished to the feds that Basciano was plotting to kill Assistant U.S. Attorney Greg Andres and taped the mob big admitting to the murder of family associate Randolph Pizzolo.

Massino, now 70, has served more than 10 years in the clink since he was handcuffed at his garish Queens Mcmansion and eventually sentenced to life behind bars for the killings.

The turncoat testified in only two trials but provided investigators with an unprecedented trove of highly confidential information about the mafia.

His lawyers had argued that he deserves a few years of freedom for his actions.and referred to his cooperation as a turning point in the war against La Cosa Nostra.

The Bonanno heavyweight - the first mob boss to turn government witness - was forced after his arrest to forfeit $7 million in cash, properties, and 257 solid bars of gold that were discovered at a restaurant he owned.

Massino’s attorney, Edward McDonald, said he would be able to support himself through Social Security and income from some modest rental properties and that a reprise of his gangtser ways were unlikely.

McDonald added that he will continue to offer support to ongoing government investigations into the mafia “that have not been revealed yet.”



  1. sickly my ass. he deserves an Academy award. he looked like he trimmed down and was
    sporting a nice tan

  2. Joey "The Whale" has always been a good actor.After the Donnie Brasco fiasco,he went around telling people that he knew Brasco was 'bad' & always steered clear of him because of this.If that were true,he wouldn't of gone out of his way to help Sonny Black & Lefty keep Brasco in their crew(as he did by personally paying a visit to his boss in prison to sway him into deciding against Tony Mirra's claim of knowing Brasco 1st),unless he were a true Machiavellian genius,as Sonny Black was a legit threat to his power.The best part is,Donnie Brasco,as SA Joseph Pistone,actually arrested Joey "The Whale" a few years before he went undercover,in a high-jacking case !!!! Brasco was extremely fearful that Joey would recognize him,but after numerous encounters,was convinced that he didn't.The biggest mistake that the 2-faced Parade Float made though,was turning on his brother-in-law.He only did it because a couple of his biggest earners resented Sal, & their big bucks appealed to his greed more than his sense of honor or loyalty.By kissing up to those guys,he filled his coffers,and at the same chose a coffin for his outfit.

  3. Fucking fat scumbag RAT!

  4. The higher the stakes...the more there is to lose and he made his calculations just right. Now the taxpayers will be supporting this guy until he's on his deathbed. He's a marked man for sure.

  5. I can’t believe he got away with Time Served in this case!!! I the whole thing was a desperate attempt at avoiding The Death Penalty and settling for Life In Prison. Guess he played his cards just right. I’m sure he’s got a pot of money stashed away somewhere as well. Talk about playing the system just right. Unbelievable really, but I guess not. Then you got Basciano doing hard time