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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Brooklyn city councilman requests leniency for Colombo mobster

Brookyln City Councilman Dominic Recchia (center) wrote a letter asking a judge to take reputed mobster Angelo Spata's community service into consideration during sentencing.

A Brooklyn city councilman running for Congress has written to a federal judge seeking leniency for a reputed Colombo mobster who will be sentenced this month for money laundering and illegal gambling.

Dominic Recchia, a Democrat representing Coney Island, Gravesend and Bensonhurst, sent the letter on City Council letterhead extolling the community service performed by reputed mobster Angelo Spata after Hurricane Sandy.

Angelo Spata (center), an alleged Colombo crime family associate, leaves Brooklyn Federal Court on Jan. 20, 2011.

Spata, 39, the son-in-law of official Colombo crime boss Carmine Persico, pleaded guilty earlier this year to the racketeering charges and was arrested on Nov. 8 for shoplifting $164 worth of merchandise from Home Depot in Coney Island.

Recchia’s letter, dated Aug. 23, informs Judge Kiyo Matsumoto that Spata participated in relief efforts and hosted a children’s carnival at MCU Park after the superstorm. “I hope you (sic) that you will take these thoughts into consideration as you make your deliberations,” Recchia wrote.

Spata faces up to 21 months in prison.



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