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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Colombo associate sentenced to 15 months in prison for racketeering and gambling

Mob guy gets prison for racketeering, gambling raps
The bumbling son-in-law of jailed Colombo crime family boss Carmine Persico was slapped with a 15-month prison term for racketeering and gambling raps despite his pleas for probation Tuesday in Brooklyn federal court.
Mob associate Angelo Spata, 39, faced up to 31-months behind bars after pleading guilty to extorting vendors at the Santa Rosalia festival in Brooklyn and taking part in illegal gambling.
The miniature mafioso — who used his potent family connections to ascend the Colombo ranks — lobbied Judge Kiyo Matsumoto for a no-jail deal and pointed to his charitable works and family responsibilities as grounds for leniency.
“Hopefully your honor will give me the opportunity to take care of my three young children,” Spata told the court as his tearful brood looked on nervously from the gallery.
Spata brainlessly aggravated prosecutors while out on bail when he allegedly lifted $164 in lighting accessories from a Brooklyn Home Depot. That case is still pending in Brooklyn supreme court.
Federal prosecutor Gina Parlovecchio pushed for incarceration Tuesday and argued that Spata had more juice in the crime crew than he was letting on.
“He is a more powerful member fo the Colombo crime family than he has sought to portray in these proceedings,” she said. “These are serious crimes that warrant serious punishment.”
Matsumoto opted for the lower end of federal sentencing guidelines but made sure Spata tasted prison in handing down the 15-month sentence as well as a $7,500 fine.



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