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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Judge sentences Colombo soldier Little Dino to 50 years in prison for racketeering

A veteran Colombo wiseguy suspected of taking part in the 1997 gangland slaying of an NYPD cop was hit with 50 years in prison for a slew of racketeering raps Monday in Brooklyn federal court.
Crime family soldier Dino Saracino, 41, was acquitted in 2012 of the slaying of officer Ralph Dols but was convicted of several other criminal charges that allowed Judge Brian Cogan to level the stiff term.
Saracino was accused of the slaying along with Colombo street boss Thomas “Tommy Shots” Gioeli on orders from then family boss Joel “Joe Waverly” Cacace.
Prosecutors said Cacace wanted Dols dead because he married his ex-wife. In a stunning verdict, both Gioeli and Saracino skated on that killing and several others.
Saracino celebrated his acquittals that day but was in a far less bubbly mood Monday after Cogan handed down the term that will carry him into his 90s for loan sharking, gambling and other mob staples.
The gangster’s family dissolved into wails and tears in the court gallery after Saracino’s fate was announced.
The seething mobster told prosecutors that the rats who testified against him at trial — Dino Calabro and Joe Competiello — deserved the same sentence.
“I hope you give Calabro and Competiello the same amount,” the hoodlum said before vanishing into custody for the next half century.



  1. Lmao! A "Veteran Colombo Wiseguy", this piece of garbage was a made guy for 3 years, and has been in jail for 5 already, now doing another 40 plus. What kind of veteran wise guy is that?

    1. He has been in the life since he was a teenager and just because he was made for 3 years does not make him a rookie. And yes he got a bullshit sentence by a judge who hates wiseguys.

  2. In my opinion the judge frustrated at the failure of the bk da's office to get a conviction for the dols murder, made sure Dino got bent over anyway. If Dino was of a different ethnicity or color there's no doubt the outcome would've been a lot less serious. 50 years! Are you kidding me! This judge obviously got his balls twisted when Dino beat the murder rap of a nypd officer. A jury of his peers said so.

  3. THIS piece of shit dino garbage his a low life basterd ..........drop death already ..........justice is served.....He is one step close to HEll.....in the name of jesus ....Amen ............BENSOHURST STREET ARE CLEAN NOW........................

  4. not fair that is so wrong 50 years! i was a neighbor this man was a nice guy in my book. that judge really had it out for him and yes its true had he been of another decent im sure he would have been treated differently. what a fuck in the ass. poor dino i feel for you and your family!